GLENDALE – When Javier Dresdner was given a choice years ago – attend school or join the circus – he chose the circus, becoming an Argentinian Gauchos acrobat. After all, he had been performing since he was 13 and had followed his parents into the circus. For him, there was only one path. “I tried it a little, then I liked it, so there’s no reason to go back,” said Dresdner, 27. “Most of it is in your veins.” He is among 30 performers from around the world traveling with Circus Vargas, which made a stop Friday in the Glendale Civic Auditorium. The circus will continue its Southern California swing through this month. The circus is at California State University, San Bernardino, today and Sunday. “It makes me feel good, just to make people happy,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The new-age, one-ring circus format has no animals, just human performers. “We have aerialists, trapeze, comedy, acrobats, clowns,” said show manager and former trapeze artist Valentina Kolomiitchouk. “It’s like a regular circus. It’s just there’s no animals.” Davaasuren Altantsetseg is one of the “Mongolian Angeles” trapeze artists. As she touched up her outfit hours before the show Friday, she talked about why she loves the circus. “My everything is in circus,” she said. “You don’t have to work in an office. You stay healthy, and you get to see all the world. You get to do your show for everybody in the world. It’s a very nice life.” The life of a circus performer can be exhausting, too, Dresdner said. You’re always on the road, rarely get home-cooked meals, and almost always are away from home. But Dresdner gets a lot out of it.