Gracie was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she spent eight years with the Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble under Irena Linn, which took her as far as Sri Lanka to perform. Gracie attended American University, from where she recently graduated with a B.A. in film production and a minor in dance. With the American University Dance Program, where Christopher K. Morgan was her professor for three years, Gracie has been a member of the university's dance company and has participated in student choreography projects, spring dance concerts, the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festival, and guest artist workshops each year. With an interest in dance videography, Gracie has produced video logs and micro-documentaries for AU and CKM&A. Gracie performed with CKM&A for two seasons.