Spirit on the Sidelines
UNLV’s cheer and dance teams are split up among three different teams, plus, UNLV Pom, a noncompetitive team that feeds into other units. UNLV Cheer, the Rebel Dance Girls & Company, and the Scarlet Dance Line are regular fixtures at games, events, and in the community.
UNLV Cheer is everything you think of when you think of traditional cheerleaders — all the tumbling, sideline exhorting, pom-shaking action you could want.
UNLV Cheer can be found at basketball and football games, and also competes at the annual College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship. They are the 2019 national champs in the Game Day category.
Rebel Girls & Company
The Rebel Girls & Company showcase their hip-hop dance skills at every men’s basketball home game and select football games.
The Rebel Girls work with choreographers who have designed dance routines for everyone from Cirque du Soleil to Jennifer Lopez to So You Think You Can Dance. In 2018, they added an all-male b-boy crew, the UNLV Rebel Company.
Like the cheer team, the Rebel Girls compete at nationals in January and have been perennial favorites in the hip hop division with national titles in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019.
Scarlet Dance Line
While the cheer team and Rebel Girls are part of UNLV Athletics, the Scarlet Dance Line functions as part of the Star of Nevada Marching Band.
Formed in 2009, the dance line performs with the marching band before and at halftime of all football games, as well as at women’s basketball games in the spring.
The Scarlet Dance Line also performs at all the homecoming parades, and travels with the marching band for one road trip game every year, including to Pasadena, California, San Diego, and Dallas.