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What is Stepdancing?

It is an energetic dance form evolved from the traditional dances of the Irish, Scottish, English and French and is traditionally performed to fiddle music.  Stepdancing is unlike all other popular dances and is very unique to Canada. Almost a cross between Tap and Irish dance, it has evolved as it's own style and it is fun to watch and fun to do.


Chanda Leahy - is one of the most recognized and respected instructors and dancers of this genre, and in the contest circuit. Her ability to create highly competitive dancers and creative group dances puts her in high demand. She is a past Canadian Champion dancer herself but she loves passing the joy of the dance on to her students. She offers both competitive and recreational classes.

Charlotte Clare - is a student of Chanda's and has been taking lessons for 12 years. She is also a competitive dancer both in solo and group dance and has been an instructor at Chanda's School of Dance for 3 years.

  New classes for 2015

We are excited for a new year of stepdancing! Welcome to all new students, and to all returning this year. We are keeping the tradition alive of this wonderful traditional dance. There are a few new classes I'd like to introduce to you starting this year.

 Square Dancing 101 (16 years and over): Mondays 8:00 - 8:45

 This year I am holding a new class on Monday nights set for 8:00 - 8:45 (tentative). There are limited spaces because of the nature of the class so only 8 spaces available. Please call to register soon. This will only run for 10 weeks starting in October.

Students will learn the basics and terms of square dancing, and will learn numerous traditional square sets. When I was a little girl, I was in this sort of group and we were called the Cobden Clickers. I remember having a lot of fun and so will you!

 Performance Class: Thursdays 7:30 - 8:00

This class is for anyone who is currently in an intermediate level of dance with Chanda's School of Dance and would like to put their talents to work in a bigger production. We will work with different aspects of dance from different genres ie. Irish, tap and have fun to create great stage numbers. This class is focused on stage performance and group choreography and FUN!


Fiddle classes: Saturday's (every other week)

We are thrilled to have Karen Reed come to us from Kitchener to teach fiddle. Karen is a renowned teacher, player and judge . She is taking on new students and you can call Chanda to have your name on the list. Beginner to advanced levels are welcome.

If this day does not work for you and you still want to start the fiddle, Frank (my husband) also teaches. He is also available for drum lessons.



Lessons will start the 2nd week of September and run until the beginning of June. You can register by phone or email.


Talk to you all soon and Iím looking forward to a great dance year!
Chanda Leahy
Chandaís School of Dance

519 938-9894



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Step Dance Champion
Chanda Gibson Leahy



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