Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Jaime Vargas began dance training when he was 14 years old at the Centro de Arte y Ballet in his hometown. Studying with teachers Tita Ortega and his older brother Alejandro Vargas, he graduated with a RAD designation with honours in four years and received the prestigious Solo Seal. Vargas also studied at the London Studio Centre in England, as well as the Australian Ballet School where he graduated from his classical ballet studies.
To further his studies, Vargas received countless scholarships and grants that gave him the opportunity to travel the world over. He made his professional debut in 1989 with the Compania Nacional de Danza in Mexico City and has since performed with many other companies including La Jeune Ballet de France, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Delfos Danza Contemporanea and Ballet de Monterrey. He has performed most of the classics in Compañía Nacional de Danza’s repertoire.
Vargas joined the RWB as a principal dancer in July of 2004 from the Compañía Nacional de Danza. During his time with the RWB, Vargas has danced various lead roles such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Bob in Val Caniparoli’s hit A Cinderella Story, Captain Hook in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, Tamino in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute and the title role in Godden’s Dracula.
During the 2007/09 season, Vargas took on the role of Don José, one of the male leads in Mauricio Wainrot’s world premiere of Carmen, the Passion. He also danced the roles of Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in Nutcracker and received the praise of critics for his soloist performance in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. For the 2008/09 season, Vargas performed in Itzik Galili’s acclaimed Hikarizatto and Mark Godden’s As Above, So Below.
Vargas has competed internationally and won several awards including the Silver Medal in 1992 during the Fifth International Dance Festival in Paris, France; Finalist in the First and Second International Dance Competitions in Nagoya, Japan; and the Silver Medal in the First National Ballet Competition in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Mexican Union of Journalists and Critics in Theatre and Music also officially recognized him in 1994 for his contribution to the improvement of art in Mexico. Vargas was nominated for the Benois de la Danse prize for 2006 for his role of ‘Tamino’ in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute. In May 2007, Vargas travelled to Moscow to perform his nominated piece for the 15th Anniversary award ceremony held at the new Bolshoi Theatre.
Vargas’ international performance credits extend even further. In January 2006 Vargas performed at the International Stars of Ballet 2006 performance in Fukuoka, Japan. In 2007, along with his brother Alejandro Vargas, he organized and directed ‘Soloists of the RWB’ touring to six different cities in Mexico, including Mexico City where they received great reviews. This past summer he danced the role of ‘Basil’ in Okamoto Ballet’s production of Don Quixote in Fukuoka, Japan and was a guest artist with Compañía Nacional de Danza in their famous production of Carmina Burana. He also organized, along with Danza Sin Fronteras and INBA, a shared performance between the RWB and Compañía Nacional de Danza de Mexico, held in Mexico City in the prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes. This was a significant milestone in Vargas’ vision of developing a cultural exchange between these two companies.
Vargas debuted his 2009/2010 season as Zidler in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge – The Ballet. He also danced as the evil Baron Von Rothbart in the quintessential classic Swan Lake.
Vargas also started his teaching career at the same time he began studying dance in Mexico, as older students were in charge of teaching younger students. During his time with Mexico’s National Company, Vargas ran rehearsals and worked with soloists, and has since completed teacher training courses delivered by David Howered and RWB School Director Arlene Minkhorst.
Vargas has also taught at the Ballet de Monterrey summer workshop, and directed the 2005 Fopika summer workshop in Takasaki, Japan. Vargas has also participated in the International Dance Congres in Monterrey city.
He has also taken courses with Canfitpro, Elite Performance Centre and studied Pilates and stretching physiology to help better understand training.
Vargas has been a Ballet Master with the RWB since 2011 is currently developing an outreach program.
“Ever-classy leading man Jaime Vargas never seems to break a sweat as he embodies the Prince in his regal jumps, assured spins and pillow-soft landings.”
- Winnipeg Free Press, 2008
“Gravity defying lifts by Jaime Vargas' dashing Nutcracker Prince appeared effortless during the Grand Pas de Deux, with the graceful dancer truly seeming to spend more time aloft than onstage.”
- Winnipeg Free Press, 2005
“Jaime Vargas thrilled us with his leaps and soft landings”
- Winnipeg Free Press 2005