Traditions - UNLV
Rebel Girls Coaching Staff

Director of the UNLV Rebel Girls...Marca DeCastroverde

Marca DeCastroverde is in first season as the Director of Cheer & Dance at UNLV. She is also starting her eleventh 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 several 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
2nd place in Hip Hop Division 1A 2014-UDA National Championship
3rd place in Pom Division 1A 2014-UDA National Championship
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

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

Kallie Wickel is in her second 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.

Assistant Coach of the UNLV Rebel Girls...Brandi Charles

Brandi Charles is in her first season as the Assistant Coach of the UNLV Rebel Girls. She has a vast background in dance. Brandi was a member of the UNLV Rebel Girls from 2010-2014. During these years, she and her teammates consecutively placed in the top five teams at the Universal Dance Association’s National Championship in the 1A Hip Hop Division. She and her teammates took first and second place in 2013 and 2014 UDA National Championship in the 1A Hip Hop division. Brandi was also apart of the first team to compete in the 1A Pom division. Brandi was the 2013-2014 assistant coach for the Calvary Chapel Christian School Varsity Cheer Team and helped lead the team to a first place finish in the Varsity Show Cheer Non-Tumbling division at the 2014 USA Regional Competition in Las Vegas, NV. Brandi has taught dance and choreographed at numerous schools throughout the Las Vegas valley. She is a full time student at UNLV studying Kinesiology.

Cheer & Dance Manager...Erin Bush

Hometown: Indiantown, FL

High School: Coronado High School

Erin Bush is in her first season as the Manager of the UNLV Cheer & Dance Program. Originally from Florida, she has an extensive background in dance. Formerly a member of the UNLV Rebel Girls Dance Team from 2009-2013, Erin was also captain for two years. While attending the 2013 UDA College National Championship, Erin and her teammates took third place in the IA Pom Division and first place the IA Hip Hop Division. Bush was also an assistant coach for the UNLV Rebel Girls during the 2013-2014 seasons. Bush helped coach the team to a second place title in the IA Hip Hop Division and third place title in the IA Pom Division at the 2014 Universal Dance Association College National Championship. She is also a former UDA staff member. Erin is currently in her final year at UNLV, majoring in Theatre Design and Technology.

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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