What is Wake ‘N Shake?

Wake ‘N Shake is an annual twelve hour long dance marathon at Wake Forest University that raises money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. This year, Wake ‘N Shake will be an in-person event with an all-day live stream of the event for those who may not be able to travel. 

What is the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund?

The Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund supports cancer research initiatives. The fund was created in honor of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest Running Back who went on to play for the Chicago Bears who lost his life to cancer at the age of 26. Brian Piccolo passed away in 1970.  To learn more about Brian Piccolo and his story, watch Brian’s Song.

When and where does Wake ‘N Shake take place? 

Wake ‘N Shake will be taking place on March 19th from noon to midnight in the Sutton Center at Wake Forest University. There will also be an all-day live stream of the event for those who are unable to attend in-person. Send this link to anyone who wants to participate virtually! Check out our Instagram @wfuwakenshake to find out this year’s theme!

Is there a livestream on the day of Wake ‘N Shake? 

Yes! This year, for the first time in Wake ‘N Shake history, you can invite your friends and family to be inside the virtual Wake ‘N Shake room. Send this link to anyone who wants to be a part of the event on the day of!

How can I register?

Find the link to register here.

Can I join a team?

Yes! At the end of your registration, there will be an option to join a team. Scroll to find the team you would like to join or create your own! The “Individual Dancer” team is for dancers who choose to dance without forming a new team or joining an existing organization team.

What is the $20 registration fee for?

The $20 registration fee goes towards a signature Wake ‘N Shake 2022 t-shirt and a free lunch and dinner on the day of the event.

If cost is barrier to registering for WNS, what can I do?

Please email us at wns@wfu. We have support available. We want to dance with you!

How should I raise money?

After registering, each dancer will have their own profile for fundraising. Check out our fundraising tips page for ideas on how to contribute to Wake ‘N Shake’s cause! 

What happens if the Campus Operating Status changes? 

Wake ‘N Shake 2022 is prepared to go fully virtual should COVID-19 cases on campus spike causing the campus operating status to change. 

How can I participate if I am in quarantine/isolation the week of the event?

There will be an all-day live stream of the event for individuals to participate if they are not able to be there on the day of the event.

What is a champion?

Champions are individuals who have fought or are continuing to fight cancer. Each year, eight individuals are invited to attend Wake ‘N Shake and share their stories with the dancers. To meet some of our past champions, and check out this year’s champions be sure to browse our champions page.


Something we didn’t answer? Email us at wns@nullwfu.edu!