Traditions - UNLV
Rebel Girls Coaching Staff

Director of the UNLV Rebel Girls...Marca DeCastroverde

Marca DeCastroverde is in her tenth season as the Head Coach of the UNLV Rebel Girls. Prior to being the head coach she was the assistant coach for two seasons. She is a 2002 graduate. DeCastroverde is a former captain of the Rebel Girls. DeCastroverde has an extensive background in both dance and coaching. DeCastroverde danced competitively for over ten years in Columbia, Missouri before attending UNLV. In addition to coaching the UNLV Rebel Girls, she also coached at Foothill High School, Kenny Guinn Junior High School, and taught dance classes for six years at a The Academy of Fine Arts in Columbia, Missouri. DeCastroverde is also a veteran judge at the NDTC National Dance Team Championships that take place in Orlando, FL. yearly.

Awards & Accomplishments while the Head Coach of the UNLV Rebel Girls
1st place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2013 - UDA National Championship
3rd place in Pom Division 1A 2013 - UDA National Championship
5th place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2012 - UDA National Championship
5th place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2011 - UDA National Championship
1st place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2010 - USA National Championship
4th place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2010 - UDA National Championship
3rd place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2008 - UDA National Championship
1st place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2008 - USA National Championship
16th place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2007 - UDA National Championship

Head Coach of the UNLV Rebel Girls...Kallie Wickel

Kallie Wickel is in her first season as the Associate Head Coach of the UNLV Rebel Girls. A Las Vegas native, she is extremely proud to carry on the tradition and legacy of this program. She has a vast background in dance. Wickel was a member of the UNLV Rebel Girls from 2007-2010, and was also a former captain of the team. During these years, she and her teammates took third and fourth place at the 2008 and 2010 UDA National Collegiate Championship in the IA Hip Hop Division. Wickel was the 2011-2012 assistant coach for the Foothill High School Varsity Dance Team in Henderson, NV, and helped lead the team to a fourth place finish in the Small Varsity Hip Hop Division at the 2012 UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, FL, and an Overall Grand Champion title at UDA’s West Coast Dance Championship in Hollywood, CA. Wickel is a former UDA staff member, Foothill High School two-time State Dance Champion, and has taught dance and choreographed at numerous schools and studios throughout the Las Vegas area. A graduate of UNLV, she currently teaches English at Foothill High School in Henderson, NV.

Rebel Girls Assistant Coach...Erin Bush

Hometown: Indiantown, FL

High School: Coronado High School

Dance Background: I began dancing at 5 years old at Art from the Heart dance studio in Orlando, Florida. I continued to dance and compete with the Dance Zone and Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts after moving to Las Vegas, and cheered for Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, California. Danced as a UNLV Rebel Girl for four years 2009-2013. Two of the four years I was the captain.

Awards and Accomplishments:
1st place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2013 - UDA National Championship
3rd place in Pom Division 1A 2013 - UDA National Championship
5th place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2012 - UDA National Championship
5th place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2011 - UDA National Championship
1st place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2010 - USA National Championship
4th place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2010 - UDA National Championship

Major/Career Plans: I plan to graduate from UNLV in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Design/Technology. Before pursuing my career, I hope to travel and dance professionally.

Parents and Siblings: My parents' names are Vince and Lori Bush and I have one older brother, Alex.

 
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