In May 1998, Chanda was the principal Stepdancer in Needfire; a Mirvish Production presented at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. She travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland in July that same year to star as the principal stepdancer in a large production Rhythms of the Celts. Chanda was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding choreography in a play or musical for Needfire. Awards took place in June 1999.
Chanda conducted workshops for three consecutive years at the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp in Nashville, Tennessee and she is enthusiastically involved as a stepdance instructor for the Orangeville Fiddle and Step Dance Camp.
Chanda graduated in 1998 from the University of Waterloo, and right away set up her own dance school in Orangeville, ON where she teaches people of all ages. She has also produced two instructional videos for people to learn stepdancing at their leisure.
Her desire to showcase Canadian Stepdancing to the rest of the world led to the formation of PULSE, an energetic group formed of Canadian stepdancers and musicians. Chanda’s furious musical feet and brilliant smile are the trademarks that distinguish her from any other dancer. Career highlights include:
Performing in Needfire
Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto - Mirvish Productions.
Dora Mavor Moore Nomination - dance choreography in Needfire
1999 Canadian Open Champion
Step dance champion at numerous contests in Canada
Chanda Leahy (née Gibson), an energetic young dancer from Cobden Ontario has been stepdancing since age 4 and started competing at age 6. Throughout the years, she has won many awards on the contest circuit and has stepped into the career line of showbiz. Her performing career has made way for her new line of work…
being a Mom to 6 children and running Chanda's School of Dance in Orangeville, ON.