Ice Cream and Cake

Ice Cream and Cake is a traditional cheer/dance that takes place during football and basketball games at Old Dominion University (ODU). The song, originally performed by the Buckwheat Boyz, is played during the second half of men’s and women’s basketball games as well as between the third and fourth quarters of football games. Learn how to do the cheer/dance on the ODU Campus Traditions page.


The ODU Ice Cream and Cake dance originated at a cheerleader camp at Rutgers University attended by the ODU Dance Team. The first performance of Ice Cream and Cake took place during a timeout at a basketball game in 2005. While spectators were originally stunned, the tradition has picked up and is a staple of every basketball and football game. In 2017, students from ODU challenged Al Roker to perform the cheer as part of his Rokerthon 2017 campaign to break Guinness Book of World Records across college campuses.


  1. Carlson, Chris. “At ODU, ‘Ice Cream and Cake’ is a Song and Dance.” Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va., 2012 February 23,, accessed 2019 January 31.