Grace’s rhythmic, playful movement took the blues scene by storm. Entering the scene in 2011 with a movement background in dressage and bareback riding, she fell in love with the blues, began her intensive and ongoing training, and burst into national finals and organizing regularly by 2013. Known for her innovative exploration within the blues idiom and contrast between jank and elegance, Grace seems to live within the music.
Regularly bringing her wealth of knowledge to students across the country, Grace's teaching emphasizes collaborative learning, developing personal expression within the idiom, and a follow-focused pedagogy. Her flexibility in classroom management allows her to adapt lessons on the fly to provide the best possible learning experience for her students. An invaluable resource to students and organizers alike, Grace is accessible and professional both inside and outside of the classroom.
When she's not teaching, Grace travels nationwide to compete in blues. Her accomplishments just in 2016 include 1st place wins at Nocturne’s Strictly, J&J, and Solo Tribute Challenge (New York, NY), North Star’s Strictly and J&J (Minneapolis, MN), and Steel City’s Solo Riffin’ Competition (Pittsburgh, PA). Find out more and watch her dance at www.gracedances.com.
Best compliment you can give Grace when she’s deejaying? High five her as you excitedly make your way onto the dance floor, then never leave. Grace’s primary goal as a deejay is to keep the dance floor full and the dancers inspired and energized throughout the night - whether it’s an exchange, a house party, or a wedding.
Grace has spun across Texas as well as in California, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota. While Grace is all about bringing the party, she’s also an enabler of those late-night cuddle dances most of us love so much. She’s got a serious thing for modern and local blues artists, rhythms that take you along for the ride, and any music that just won’t let you sit down. Find out more at www.gracedances.com.