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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Circus Vargas takes family unity on the road

Katya and Nelson Quiroga have a unusual juggling act: parents, children and other relatives in a 1,400-seat circus tent.


Workers ready the tent and midway for the five-day run of Circus Vargas in Hollywood. The family-owned venture will move to Orange County next.

(Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times / May 15, 2011

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times

May 15, 2011

They aren't just clowning around when they say this group offers family entertainment.
Katya Quiroga, a seventh-generation circus performer, and husband Nelson Quiroga, a fifth-generation Big Topper, own Circus Vargas, which has set up through Monday at a Hollywood athletic field where Sunset Boulevard crosses the Hollywood Freeway.My father is general manager and tent master, my mother is a retired acrobat and my sister is a former acrobat who now is Circus Vargas' graphic designer. Nelson's parents used to be acrobats too, and they work in the concessions department," said 41-year-old Katya.
The Quirogas' three daughters — Graciella, 3, Daniella, 8 and Mariella, 13 — are also being taught performing skills. "We've introduced them to the circus arts, dancing and acrobatics. I'm pretty sure our kids will follow in our footsteps," said 44-year-old Nelson.
Nelson's career was launched when he was 11 and performing with his parents and brother in a South American circus, based in Argentina.read more at:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-adv-circus-vargas-20110515,0,1599373.story

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