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Owner of Vargo’s Dance Studio


Jamie Vargo has lived in Geneva for the past 13-years. She has always had a passion for dance and it was her dream to have her own dance studio. When talking about her first business she says, “Do lemonade stands count? If so I started my first business at 7!”


Keeping with the idea and saying, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life..” Jamie did eventually fulfill her life-long dream of owning her own studio and opened Vargo’s Dance Studio in 2011. “Dancing with the Starts reminded our generation on how fun and glamorous ballroom dancing can be and at Vargo’s Dance, we like to bring an element of that to our customers,” she shares. “We also pride ourselves on meeting our students where they are so that they can cram for a wedding, enjoy a date night out or join our family of social dancers.”


For future ladypreneurial plans, Jamie has already experimented with an organic juice shop in Geneva, “Smuzi.” “It was very well received, but not profitable enough to continue,” she adds. However, Jamie does see another dance studio in her future, “not sure where or when, but we’ll see,” she adds.


1.  Favorite motivational speaker? Tony Robbins


2.  #1 reason for being a ladypreneur? Same as any entrepreneur, Indepedence!


3.  The one thing you wish you had known when starting


your business? I wish I would have known how many responsibilities and expenses come with owning a business. Sometimes it’s hard to balance the passion and creativity with those secondary business activities.

‘A Night to Paws’ to highlight shelter’s achievements Nov. 14 [Anderson Animal Shelter]


Daily Herald, September 2, 2015


For 30 years, Anderson Animal Shelter’s gala dinner and auction has been a tradition in the Fox Valley. It is the shelter’s premier fundraiser and each year celebrates the work that this nonprofit organization accomplishes in the community…


In addition, attendees will be treated to something very special — a “Dancing With The Stars” themed entertainment. Six brave members from the Fox Valley community have agreed to be paired with professional dancers from Vargo’s Dance Studio in Geneva and perform in front of gala attendees. Similar to the television show, amateur dancers have selected a song and dance and are taking private lessons from Vargo’s.


Jamie Vargo, owner of Vargo’s Dance, had this to say, “We are so excited to be working with Anderson Animal Shelter for this exciting event! We have some great volunteers who are working hard every week in order to perform their dances. We are looking forward to showing them off in November!”


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Geneva Patch, May 21, 2014


Is it fair for students of Vargo’s Dance studio to be out having this much fun dancing, when many others who could get out are sitting at home watching the tube?


Yes and no. As students at Vargo’s Dance studio, my wife and I consider it such a rare local resource—at 115 W. State Street in Geneva— that we want to make a “public service announcement” about it. Start with the physical facility itself— a gracefully styled room with evocative decorations, special effects lighting, a full wall of mirrors to speed the learning process, and a smooth wooden dance floor perfect for gliding.


Did I mention the teachers? Jamie Vargo, the proprietress, is a vision of celestial dancing grace when she demonstrates a movement. A soothing but definitive teaching style, with highly developed communication skills earned over more years than seem possible for a woman so young.


The other principal teacher—truly a master teacher—Levi is a talking syllabus of correct dancing techniques, fundamental principles of posture, balance, lead and follow. And higher artistry…


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