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Antonio Vargas

Part-Time Lecturer

Theatre

Qualification

Bachelor of Music Percussion and Keyboard
Blackheath Conservatoire of Music, London

Biography

Antonio Vargas is recognized as one of the world’s leading flamenco dancers and choreographers. Ingenious, innovative and a perfectionist, he performs and teaches internationally, with works for theatre, cinema and television.

He has won accolades for his performance as the gypsy father, Rico, in the Australian box-office hit movie Strictly Ballroom, directed by Baz Luhrmann. He also choreographed and staged a flamenco segment for Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible II, directed by John Woo.

Antonio has staged and directed major outdoor flamenco festivals and presented his company at the Langollen Festival in Wales and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. He has performed alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra with his Spanish Classical programmes.

Antonio trained in flamenco with Spain's foremost teacher, Antonio Marin, and went on to perform as a leading dancer in the Pilar Lopez Spanish Dance Company. After two years, he was invited to dance in the Rafael de Cordova Dance Company as a lead dancer.  He later formed his own company, The Antonio Vargas Flamenco Dance Theatre. Antonio now lives in Singapore and is artistic director of Flamenco Sin Fronteras.

Industry experience

Antionio was Company and Principal Dancer of the Pilar Lopez Company from 1959 to 1962, and Principal Dancer of the Rafeal de Cordoba Company from 1962 to 1964.