Miguel T. Vargas is a fifth generation circus artist who began his artistic career at the age of seven, specializing in flying trapeze & teeterboard. He is one of the youngest to achieve a Triple Summersault at the age of nine on the flying trapeze and one of the few to complete a Double Summersault to a five men high from the teeterboard. Miguel and his family were fortunate to have been a part of a wide variety of world renowned circuses, corporate events, galas, festivals and television shows including the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Circus-Circus, ABC’s Good Morning America and Life’s Circus on Prime Video to name a few. At the age of nineteen Miguel began managing and coaching flying trapeze while continuing with his career as an artist.
Miguel was invited to join Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” in 2006 as a member of the Flying Trapeze act. Shortly after, he won the understudy role of ”The Walker,” one of the main characters in the show. At that time he also performed a duo Aerial Cradle act. He later transitioned into “The Walker” full time, while occasionally still being a part of the Flying Trapeze act.
In addition to Miguel’s artistic roles, he was asked to be an Artist-Coach at La Nouba in 2014, inspiring him to become a Certified Personal Trainer & Performance Sports Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Under his guidance as a coach, the La Nouba Flying Trapeze team performed a live streamed event featuring an unprecedented sequence of acrobatic skills (Triple Summersault, Double Twisting-Double and a Half Layout to be caught by the legs, followed by a Quadruple Summersault) in a single routine. Becoming an elite flying trapeze team that could arguably be one of the best in the world.
After La Nouba’s closure in 2017, Miguel transitioned into coaching full-time, consulting and giving workshops at various circus schools and training camps, as well as coaching for Cirque du Soleil’s “SAND” in Saudi Arabia, the remount of PARAMOUR and their touring show LUZIA. Miguel is now excited to be a part of the Circus Arts Conservatory, continuing to do what he loves, which is to pass on to the future generation of circus artists the circus & life lessons taught to him by his coaches and mentors. Along with what he’s learned while traveling the world as an artist in his 30-year circus career.