Born in Cali, Colombia, Jorge Niño (Pompeyo) is a fourth-generation circus performer. He made his debut in the ring at age five. Like most children born into the circus, he was trained in a wide variety of disciplines and worked over the years as an acrobat, a flying trapeze artist, a high-wire walker, and an animal trainer—notably with a group of tigers.
His wife, Natalya Demina (Pompeyo), was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she started training in competitive gymnastics at the tender age four. When she was ten years old, she fell on her back after doing a double somersault from the uneven bars, and spent one month in a hospital: Her father had to teach her to walk again. Yet, after a few months, the strong-willed Natalya was back to gymnastics! She eventually obtained a Masters of Sports in gymnastics. Like many competitive gymnasts in the former Soviet Union, Natalya transferred her gymnastics skills to the circus, which she joined when she was fifteen years old. She started with an aerial cradle act, and after a few years, she joined an acrobatic troupe with which she began to travel the world.
Jorge and Natalya met in 2003 in the United States, where they both performed with the George Carden Circus: Jorge worked on the high wire with the Toscano Troupe, and Natalya was an aerialist on silks and an acrobat. They fell in love and, as they say, the rest is history. The circus owner presented Jorge with two dogs. This didn’t really help the young couple at first, but they made the best of it: they decided to build a dog act they would present together – but they needed more dogs: they began to comb the shelters for spirited dogs in need of a home. Over the years, more dogs were then rescued from various shelters and unsavory homes, which Jorge trained according to their natural abilities and individual talents.
In 2009, the Pompeyo Family and their Amazing Rescue Dogs began their triumphant career! Jorge, Natalya, their daughters Katerina, and Isabella, and their wonderful dogs have been performing together for over ten years throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean with constant success. In the U.S., they have been featured in such venues as Circus Sarasota, Lone Star Circus, Circus Vazquez, Half Time NBA Attractions , and recently featured as semifinalists at AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.