Maire Chew

UNLV Rebel Girl

Year in school: Sophomore.

Where from: Farmington, N.M.

Major/occupational goals: Entertainment Engineering and Design. Chew hopes to work for Cirque du Soleil someday. “I was really good at math in high school, and I came on a visit to Las Vegas and watched KÀ. I was intrigued by the way the stage tilts from being totally horizontal to totally vertical. I thought that was cool, and an engineering degree would really challenge me.”

Why she chose UNLV: Her older sister, Maria, attended UNLV and took Chew to a couple of football games. She enjoyed the game day atmosphere, and UNLV just happened to be one of a handful of schools that offered her desired degree and a strong dance team.

How she got into dancing: Chew started doing ballet “for fun” when she was 3 and became more competitive during middle school. “I honestly can’t remember a time I didn’t dance.”

Outside interests: When she has free time Chew can be found snowboarding at California’s Big Bear, Brian Head resort in Utah or closer to home in nearby Durango, Colo.

Favorite Rebel: Justin Hawkins. “For how good our basketball team is, I think he’s still very humble and down to earth.”

Favorite moment during a UNLV sporting event: “When we performed our nationals routine, the crowd response was just indescribable.”

Favorite song to dance to: “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull.

Best way to get the crowd going: “Whenever we’re down and the band starts going crazy, that kind of gets the team and everyone pumped up.”

Bet you didn’t know this: Chew has six siblings, but is the only one in the family who doesn’t know how to swim. “I just had a bad experience when I was 5 and never went back in the water. But it is on my bucket list.”

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