Ellie Grace approaches music and dance the same way she approaches life: with an irrepressible spirit, a devotion to social justice, and an undying commitment to using the performing arts to build community and lift others up. She has spent her life performing professionally as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and dancer who specializes in roots-based Americana and percussive dance.
She first took to the stage as a young member of her family band and now tours internationally as a solo artist and a member of several beloved bands. In addition to her time teaching at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and University of North Carolina, Ellie has directed schools of folk music and dance in Missouri and North Carolina and been a master teacher at camps and festivals across the continent for over twenty years.
In the culmination of a lifetime of performing and teaching, Ellie received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Smith College in May of 2015. When not on the road, Ellie leads a folk community chorus in Kansas City. At the end of 2019, she released a highly-anticipated solo album of all original songs, On the Side of Love. In 2020, Ellie’s song with Brian Claflin was featured on the HOPE RISES debut.