Ellie brick and vine headshot

Community Classes: 

Fall Community Chorus Class
Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM
October 3rd, 2018 through December 5th, 2018
Concert on December 9th, 2018
$125 for 10-week series (limited scholarships available upon inquiry!)
Held in Midtown KC home music studio, address sent to registrants

This welcoming group class is designed for both returning and new students. “Ellie offers an intimate and comfortable setting to stretch your musical skills. I love her humor and gentle encouragement! I look forward to the joy that comes from harmony with others.”

In this ten-week session, we will explore the fundamentals of harmony singing, build skills and confidence, and embrace the joy of making music. We will learn a repertoire of roots and Americana songs in two, three, and four-part harmony and work on musical style and arrangement. Most of all, we will sing! “This class was inspirational. Fifty percent music, fifty percent laughs, one hundred percent fun with new friends! It got me back to the root of why music is important to me.”

All music will be taught by ear and no experience is required. The season will culminate in a performance for friends and family on Sunday, December 9th! “I sang in many choirs growing up, but somewhere along the way I stopped singing in groups and forgot how much joy it can bring. Ellie’s class is relaxed, casual and fun, but you also get to make something beautiful each week, which is really satisfying! This class was a great way to bring music back into my life, and it is a lovely place to meet people. There is genuinely no judgment – only support, singing and laughs.” 

CLASS IS FULL–Contact Ellie with questions or to be put on a list to receive e-mails about more fall classes that will be announced soon!

Private Lessons:

You can take individualized lessons or create a custom class with a small group of your friends, co-workers, or random people who share your love of music and dance! Lessons available in: clogging, cape breton step dancing, rhythm tap, irish step dancing, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmony singing, old-time band, singing with an instrument. Private lessons are $45/hr or $30/half hour.  Small group rates vary depending upon the size of the group. Please contact me with questions, to ask about barter/sliding scale, or to sign up: elliegracearts@gmail.com or (573) 239-0430.

Teaching Bio:

Ellie Grace is a powerhouse on the dance floor and a compelling instrumentalist, choreographer, songwriter, and singer who specializes in percussive dance (Appalachian clogging, Cape Breton and Irish step dancing, rhythm tap, and body percussion) and roots-based Americana music.

Ellie has spent her life performing professionally across North America, first as a young member of her family band and now as an independent artist. From her early start in music and dance, she went on to become an award-winning solo artists, a member of multiple ground-breaking dance companies and bands, and the director of a Cape Breton step dancing troupe based in Asheville, NC. She has had the honor of being a faculty member and featured performer for the prestigious Beat Retreat, was a founding member of the fusion dance company Grace/Denney Dance, has toured internationally with her sister duo (Leela and Ellie Grace) and the renowned Dirk Powell Band, creates revolutionary music with her duo Claflin & Grace, is a core member of the all-female old-time trio Blue Eyed Girl, and has appeared on stage with the likes of Peter and Paul (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) and Janis Ian.

Having continually honed her teaching skills in order to make the art forms that she loves accessible to others, Ellie is now highly respected as a dynamic and passionate teacher. In addition to founding and directing schools of traditional music and dance in Missouri and North Carolina, she has been a master teacher at innumerable camps, festivals, and schools across the continent for over twenty years. In 2007, she was recruited to create and instruct an undergraduate dance course surveying styles of percussive dance at the University of North Carolina—Asheville. In 2013, Ellie was chosen as one of only four Teaching Fellows in the dance department at Smith College. She spent the following two years sharing her deep love of percussive and social dance with her inspiring students at Smith and Mount Holyoke College. In the culmination a lifetime of performing and teaching, Ellie received an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Smith College in May of 2015. She was a Visiting Artist in Dance at Mount Holyoke College for 2016.


Ellie Grace

Progressive Roots Music & Electrifying Percussive Dance