Victoria Vargas was born in a small town in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She has made Chicago her home for the last 18 years. She is on faculty at the The Joffrey Academy of Dance and a guest teacher nationally and internationally.
Ms. Vargas has been nominated as one of the ballet masters for 2015 for Regional Dance America and will be working with such distinguished teachers as a Lauren Anderson and Valentina Koslova, among others. In the Summer of 2014 she taught master classes in Italy and Spain under the direction of Angela D. Melo, former principal of the Royal Ballet.
The companies she has performed with in the U.S. include The San Francisco Opera House, Dallas Opera House, The Lyric Opera of Chicago and Luna Negra Dance Theater, which she helped co-found. Ms. Vargas’ work as a teacher involved the development of a community outreach program for Luna Negra as well as an original program titled UNO, earning her a nomination by the City of Chicago as one of the most prominent Latinos in the expansion of educational programs for minority communities.
Most recently, Ms. Vargas has choreographed “Cry Woman” for Piel Morena Dance Theatre and “Carmen” for Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre (also to be performed in Italy summer of 2015). Additionally, at the 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition, Ms. Vargas coached five dancers that were accepted to the finals in New York.
In September 2013 UNAM Chicago was very pleased to present “Victoria, a Photographic Art Exhibition” by Venezuelan award winning artist, designer, and photographer Alberto March. This exhibition was a visual representation of the complexity of human nature that explored the antagonism of what becomes the time between birth and death. The exhibit, which documented the life and trajectory of Ms. Vargas, will next be presented in Barcelona, Spain in the summer of 2015.
Photo by Alberto March