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Julia deGruchy

Parent-Child Lead Teacher

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Julia is a multidisciplinary performance artist who loves igniting playfulness in people of all ages! She was so fortunate to have a childhood that let her explore her creativity, so she loves holding space for others to discover theirs! Julia loves to be continuously curious, because she believes we never stop learning.


Originally from Philadelphia, she is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theater. She’s worked with numerous companies on the east coast, both creating original theatrical works and performing in family oriented musicals. Julia moved to Chicago in 2019 to study circus at the Actors Gymnasium, and she holds a 2 year certification in Circus Arts with specialities in trapeze and juggling.


Julia fully commits to engaging with her students through play, creating a positive learning environment to aid in the discovery of movement, speech and music. She has taught youth classes in music, drama, yoga, dance, circus & gymnastics as well as created youth summer programs at Wilmette Parks District. When she’s not bopping about Chicago teaching, you may see her as a variety performer in clubs, theaters and festivals.