Born in a small town in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Victoria Vargas has made Chicago her home the last 12 years. Ms. Vargas made ballet her life and brought a vast experience from the entire world to the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet.As a professional dancer, she dazzled audiences from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America. Ms. Vargas has dedicated twenty-two years to the art of dancing.Ms. Vargas began at the tender age of 10 years old in the School of Fine Arts and worked with the Venezuelan National Ballet Company. During her career in Chicago Ms. Vargas has had the privilege to work with teachers, mentors and instructors icluding Graca Sales, Homer Bryan, Wladimir Issaev, Irina Ivanova, and Vladimir Lopujov. Among the companies she has performed at in the U.S. include The San Francisco Opera House, Dallas Opera House, The Lyric Opera House of Chicago and The Luna Negra Dance Theater, which she founded.Ms. Vargas’ work as a teacher involved the development of the community outreach programs UNO and The Luna Negra Dance Theater earning her a nomination by the City of Chicago as one of the most prominent Latinos in the expansion of the Educational programs for minority communities. As a choreographer, she has been invited by the National Ballet of Panama to stage her piece The Dreams of the Reason and recently she created a new Latin version of Carmen from Bizet. In 2011 Ms. Vargas was cast in The Shadow of Maria de Buenos Aires at the City of Chicago's 12th Annual Summer Opera production as Frida. She was hailed by the press as a “Lush and emotional interpretation of the role.” After years of dancing for many professional companies, the need to explore artistic expressions including teaching, choreographing, and directing younger talents became her inspiration and goal.
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