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COMMUNITY CHORUS CLASS
Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM
October 8th through December 10th, 2019

Concert tentatively on Sunday, December 15th
$125 for 10-week series (limited discounts/payment plans available!)
Held in Midtown KCMO, address sent to registrants

 COMMUNITY CHORUS CLASS
Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM
October 9th through December 11th, 2019

Concert tentatively on Sunday, December 15th
$125 for 10-week series ((limited discounts/payment plans available!)
Held in Midtown KCMO, address sent to registrants

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DISCOUNT FOR TWO PEOPLE IN SAME HOUSEHOLD!

 

 

The golden days of autumn are nearly upon us, and this can only mean one thing: It is almost time to sing! The dates have been set and registration is now open for the 2019 Fall Community Chorus! Classes begin in early October, and both returning and new singers are joyfully invited to join. The ten-week season will culminate in a casual performance for friends and family, tentatively set for Sunday, December 15th.

All are welcome and we strive to create a safe and supportive environment for exploring music! For all of you who have been members of the chorus in previous seasons, I hope to hear those sweet voices again. For those of you who are brand new to my singing classes, have participated in the Summer Sing, or have taken a Harmony Singing Class, here is what to expect: The initial six weeks of the chorus class will be spent learning a repertoire of folk, old country, Americana, and protest songs in two, three, and four-part harmony all by ear. We will also dabble in healthy singing technique, honing style and group sound, exploring basic harmony concepts, and (most of all) experiencing the joy of joining our voices together in song. Once we have learned our selection of five songs, the focus will shift for the remaining four weeks as we dive in to becoming more deeply familiar with the music, working on arrangements, offering solos to those who are comfortable volunteering, and getting ready for the performance in a fun and creative manner.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with questions or to reach out about financial options if money is a barrier. I invite you to spend the fall with me, warming your heart with sweet harmonies, good people, plenty of playfulness, and an endless supply of hot tea.


E-mail Ellie with questions: elliegracearts@gmail.com


“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.”

“I looked forward to the evenings sharing music with folks under the gentle guidance of Ellie.  Her caring method of teaching helped us all sing to our best ability and to enjoy the harmonies we created as a group.  Truly a lovely way to spend time with other humans!”

“Not only is Ellie talented and experienced, she makes her students feel at ease and welcome. The group sing is full of energy and spirit that can’t be mustered alone. Her breadth of knowledge of music is beautifully paired with her passion to share the heart and soul of the songs with all who participate. I guarantee that everyone leaves each class in a great mood, with new friends and confidence in singing 3-part harmony. KC is so lucky to have Ellie to bring people together in such a powerful way!”


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.

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Ellie Grace

Progressive Roots Music & Electrifying Percussive Dance

Contact

elliegracearts@gmail.com