Ballet Master, Community Outreach Coordinator
“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
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Jaime Vargas began his dance training when he was 14 years old, at the Centro de Arte y Ballet in his hometown. He graduated with a RAD designation with honors and received the prestigious Solo Seal. Vargas also studied at the London Studio Centre in London, England, as well as the Australian Ballet School where he graduated from his classical ballet studies.
Vargas received countless scholarships and grants that gave him the opportunity to travel the world and continue his studies. He made his professional debut in 1989 with the Compania Nacional de Danza in Mexico City and has since performed with many companies.
As a dancer, Vargas has competed internationally and has won several awards, including the Silver Medal during the Fifth International Dance Festival in Paris, France (1992). He has been praised for his contribution to the Arts by international critics as well as the Mexican Government. One of Vargas’ most significant milestones was organizing, along with Danza Sin Fronteras and INBA, a shared performance between the RWB and Compañia Nacional de Danza de Mexico, held in Mexico City in the prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes.
At the same time he began studying dance in Mexico Vargas began his teaching career, as older students were responsible in teaching the younger dancers. During his time with Mexico’s National Company, Vargas ran rehearsals and worked with soloists.
Vargas joined the RWB as a Principal dancer in July of 2004. During his time with the RWB, Vargas danced many leading roles including Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Captain Hook in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan and the title role in Mark Godden’s Dracula. Vargas retired from the RWB Company in 2011 and joined the Artistic Staff as Ballet Master. In 2012, Vargas added Community Outreach Coordinator to his title and has worked to create outreach programming which he has delivered successfully in Winnipeg and across Canada.
Place of Birth
Mexico City, Mexico