Carla Gruby is a queer Chicago-based dancer, choreographer, and performance artist. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance in 2015. While studying there, she has worked with Cynthia Olivers, Linda Lehovic, Jan Erkert, Kirstie Simson, Rebecca Ferrell, Jennifer Monson, and Terry O'Connor. She has since been working to merge her practices of dance and performance art using different mediums and influences from current sociopolitical issues. She has shown work at The Hyde Park Arts Center, Links Hall, Research Project at Outerspace, and some DIY at-home performances. Carla is currently the co-coordinator of the J e l l o Performance Series ( which provides space and documentation for performance artists to show work. You can follow some of her personal movement explorations at her Vimeo page and her painting practice on Instagram.