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!  

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 25th from noon to midnight in the Sutton Center at Wake Forest University. Check out our Instagram @wfuwakenshake to find out this year’s theme!

How can I register?

Register Today!

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 2023 t-shirt and a free lunch and dinner on the day of the event.

If cost is a 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 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.

How long do I stay at the event?

Wake ‘N Shake is a 12 hour event, and it is split up into two 6-hour shifts (12pm-6pm and 6pm-12am). You can chose to sign up for one or both of the shifts!

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