Ellie Grace was born into a deep musical tradition and began her life-long love affair with Appalachian clogging at the ripe old age of five. She has spent her life performing professionally as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and dancer, first as a young member of her family band and now as an independent artist and member of several beloved bands. Ellie has devoted her life to making the art forms that she loves truly accessible to others. In addition to her time on faculty at Smith College and Mount Holyoke College, 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. In the culmination of a lifetime of performing and teaching, Ellie received an MFA 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.