Hello Calgary !

Train. Sweat. Perform.

ARMY of SASS is a training and performance program designed to build confidence, gain physical strength while developing sassy dance skills in heels.

There are 3 different 10-week sessions per year: Winter, Spring and Fall. Every week you will train for 2 hours on drills and choreography. At the end of the session, you will perform on stage in a larger-than-life themed show with fellow dancers and guest performers at a venue outside of the studio.

Your fall just got a whole lot SASSIER!

Fall Registration is now LIVE! Join our amazing community of sassy dancers as we train together to present our NEW fall show, “OZ”, inspired by the classical tale loved by many but with some SASSY new twists!.

• Fall 2017 Sessions runs September to December; exact dates may vary by location.
• Early bird registration opens on June 21.
• Regular registration opens on September 2.

Join us and be part of this growing community and movement!

*Looking for summer classes? Check out all the SPOTLIGHT section below!*

All Skill Levels

LEVEL 1 • PRIVATES
Absolute Beginners to Beginner-Trained Dancers

LEVEL 2 • CORPORALS
Intermediate to Advanced in Heels Dance

LEVEL 3 • LIEUTENANTS
Advanced to Professional in Jazz/Hip Hop/Heels Dance

• Classes •

Session
10 weeks between and


in
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MON • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 PrivatesMonday Privates A w/ Stephanie

Stephanie Fuhrman
Evergreen Theatre & Community Spaces
Register

MON • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 BeginnerMonday Drop-in w/ Stephanie

Stephanie Fuhrman
Evergreen Theatre & Community Spaces
FREE PROMO CLASS: September 18, 2017
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MON • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 PrivatesMonday Privates B w/ Stephanie

Stephanie Fuhrman
Evergreen Theatre & Community Spaces
Register

TUE • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 BeginnerTuesday Drop In w/ Brittany and Candace

Brittany Steel & Candace Cowan
Evergreen Theatre & Community Spaces
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TUE • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 PrivatesTuesday Privates C w/ Brittany and Candace

Brittany Steel & Candace Cowan
Evergreen Theatre & Community Spaces
Register
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WED • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 2 CorporalsWednesday Corporals A w/ Ashley

Ashley Brodeur
Evergreen Theatre & Community Spaces
Sold out
Sold out 

WED • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 2 IntermediateWednesday Drop-in w/ Ashley

Ashley Brodeur
Evergreen Theatre & Community Spaces
FREE PROMO CLASS: September 20, 2017
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WED • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 2 CorporalsWednesday Corporal B w/ Ashley

Ashley Brodeur
Evergreen Theatre & Community Spaces
Register

• Rates •

Full year • 3 sessions

Available June 21 - September 30

$750 +tax


• Unlimited drop-in classes across Canada & US (space permitting; please contact individual locations regarding availability)
• Reserved spot for 'Full session' registration
• Valid for 3 sessions, starting in Fall term

Full session • Early bird

Available June 21 - September 1

$250 +tax


• 2 hrs / week for 10 weeks
• 1 extra full cast rehearsal
• Performance

Full session • Regular

Available September 2 - October 16

$275 +tax


• 2 hrs / week for 10 weeks
• 1 extra full cast rehearsal
• Performance

Drop-in

Contact us for current rates

$15 to 30


• 1 hr class
• First come, first served
• Contact us for availability & payment options

• Shows •

DIVAS

You know them, you love them… now you get to dance to them!

Join us for our biggest spring session yet with our DIVAS production at Marquee Beer Market and Stage! Queen B, Nicki, Gaga, and more! See the ARMY of SASS as they dance to todays biggest DIVAS hits! It will no doubt be one of our most entertaining shows to date!

Doors 7:30 pm • Show 8:00 pm

Sat • June 10
Marquee Beer Market and Stage

18+
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


Purchase tickets from AOS Dancers, online, or at door.


Buy tickets

• Spotlight •

POP UP Sass Classes!

Just in time for those freshly back to school weeks.
Chestermere and Airdrie! Come join us for a Pop Up Sass Class!

Join us for a pop up class to learn about our program, meet the Army of Sass Calgary team, and celebrate with us by getting sassy!
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Friday, September 8th
7-8pm
Abstract Dance Academy Inc.
408-320 West Creek Dr Chestermere

Friday, September 15th
7-8pm
Elements Dance Co.
3109, 109 Gateway Drive Northeast, Airdrie

$10!
Register at calgary@armyofsass.com
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FREE SUMMER SASS CLASS !

Come join us for a FREE Summer Sass Class!

Join us for a promo class to learn about our program, meet the Army of Sass Calgary team, and celebrate with us by getting sassy!
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Thursday, August 17
7-8pm
MAPLE Studio at the Evergreen Theatre and Community Spaces
FREE
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Have questions, want to sign up for the FREE Sass Class or the 10 week session? Visit www.armyofsass.com/calgary + email our City Leaders, Ashley and Stephanie at calgary@armyofsass.com

 

 

FALL 2017 SESSION

Army of Sass Calgary Presents: OZ!

Free Sass Class Week– September 18th
Session Begins – Week of September 25th

Monday Privates Level 1
7-9 OR 8-10

*Tuesday Privates Level 1
8-10

Wednesday Corporals Level 1
7-9 OR 8-10

Final Performance– December 2nd at MARQUEE!

REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 1ST!
$250 + GST Early Bird until SEPTEMBER 2ND
$275 + GST Regular
*Includes 1 Hour Drills and Drop In/ 1 Hour Show Preparation and Rehearsal*

SUMMER SASS CLASSES

Join Ashley for SUMMER SASS CLASSES!

TUESDAYS

July 4, 11, 18

August 8, 15

8:30-9:30pm at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
Studio 3

$65 + GST for all 5!
($68.25)

Limited space available. Register until June 30th at calgary@armyofsass.com

Army of Sass Calgary Presents DIVAS!

SPRING SHOW

You know them, you love them… now we get to dance to them!

Join us for our biggest spring session yet with our DIVAS production at Marquee Beer Market and Stage! Queen B, Nicki, Gaga, and more! See the ARMY of SASS as they dance to todays DIVAS biggest hits! It will no doubt be one of our most entertaining shows to date!

Saturday, June 10th
Marquee Beer Market and Stage
Doors open at 7:30pm
Show starts at 8:00pm
$20 in Advance- Eventbrite.ca/ AOS Dancers
$25 at the Door
18+

Spring 2017 Session is Full

THANK YOU for such an amazing response for our SPRING Session. We are completely FULL! Be sure to check our our DROP INS!

Monday & Wednesday
8 – 9pm
Evergreen Theatre and Community Spaces
$15

• AOS Calgary Team •

Carla Catherwood


Commander-in-chief (CEO & Founder)


ARMY of SASS™

Carla Catherwood
Commander-in-chief (CEO & Founder)

Carla Catherwood

Carla knows what it’s like to start from the bottom and work your way up.

Dedicated, focused and driven to detail best describe her work habits. With over 20 years professionally in the dance industry and over 10 years experience as a self-made entrepreneur, she has worked not only as a professional dancer, choreographer, and producer, but most importantly as an entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor to many developing up-and-comers.

Her mentoring and teaching style consists of clarifying and developing the direct abilities that are needed to become a successful performer, teacher, and AOS Licensee by educating them on function, technique, and leadership skills. She has a special talent in bringing out what is natural within each individual by pushing them into what she calls “The Pocket” of each movement, teaching method, or leadership goal.

 

Carla’s story: how it all started

It started with a twist of fate…

About 11 years ago I was out with some dance friends and a fellow teacher from LA in Vancouver.  We were having a good time dancing the night away.  Next thing you know… a shootout between two gangs erupted and there were some innocent victims caught in the crossfire.  Luckily I was pushed out of the way and only grazed with a bullet (but don’t worry I’m ok! I was blessed enough that all I needed was a band aid on my wrist!)  Unfortunately there were a few innocent victims… one of them being my friend from LA.  I was blessed to have walked away pretty much unharmed considering what had happened.  At that point I knew I needed to do something to help my friend.

Fast forward to one year after the incident, I joined forces with the pretty much the entire entertainment community of Vancouver to put together a fundraiser in honour our friend to help with his recovery process and costs. PS. he’s doing great now!

With it being the first show I had ever produced… and as a dancer and choreographer I naturally wanted to put together a piece of choreography for the show… but it needed to be DIFFERENT! Later that week I saw a cabaret burlesque-style dance troupe on TV and I said “YESSSSSS I’m going to do something like that!” I gathered 10 of my girls and we did a burlesque inspired piece for the fundraiser. Vancouver HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT! People went crazy! So I decided to keep doing it!

I created a dance crew called Burlesque Beauties with a few of my girls and had a ton of fun! We did everything from lounge gigs, to corporate events over the years and even performed at the infamous Playboy Mansion! As time went on I wanted to perform less and teach more so I coined the style “Nuvo-Burlesque” and started to teach the heel’s style to dancers of all levels.

The day before I moved from Vancouver to Toronto in 2010 I was in a car accident and my injury made performing a challenge so at the age of 29 rolling on 30 I knew it was time to throw in the ‘performing towel’ and go full speed ahead with producing, choreography, and teaching.

So there I was… alone in a new city and not sure where to start.  I got a call from my mom and she reminded me I was doing cabaret and shows, she said “why don’t you put together a program for your students and have them be part of your show”.  So, “DING”, a light went off! Great idea mom! I’ll do that!!! So there it all began!

  • It started with 12 girls in Toronto under the “Nuvo-Burlesque Performance & Training Group”
  • After a year I created the first satellite program in Vancouver
  • I was building something and it was time to come up with a better name!
  • So while in class with 25 plus women strutting towards me… “DING” again! They just looked like an ARMY OF SASS!
  • And that was it; yep that’s the name! The ARMY of SASS was born and there was no turning back!

As of the beginning of 2015, just over 10 years from when I began all of this, we have over 275 registered students across the country with over 100 in Toronto and the rest in our satellite cities Vancouver, Abbotsford, Penticton, Kelowna and Calgary!  I am so HAPPY to be able to share my wealth of knowledge about not only running a sustainable and profitable business but also sharing the personal lessons I’ve learned along the way…

For all of my dancers out there wanting to build something of your own but don’t know the steps to get there… I hear you and I feel you!  I’ve been there… Please understand that: I know what it’s like to have a dream and not have the funds to do it, to be broke, to be on your own, to grow up in a small town and want more.  I’ve lived through tragedy and setbacks, but most importantly I’ve learned to overcome all of them to get to where I am today and that is why I am doing this licensing program with a free education portion.  It was built so my AOS team and me can help eliminate the struggle for you to build and achieve your dreams!

If your dream is to run your own AOS program, we look forward to helping you do that!

I’m here to EDUCATE, CREATE and PAY IT FORWARD to my dance community.  It doesn’t matter if 5 or 500 people license this program, what matters to me is to be able to provide a FREE and strong education program to help those that wish to do what I do without the personal, physical, financial, and educational struggle I had endured.

If I can leave you with any form of advise it’s simply this… “There’s a solution to every problem and if there’s a solution… there’s no problem!”

 

 

Jennifer Long


General Manager


ARMY of SASS™

Jennifer Long
General Manager

Jennifer Long

Jennifer Long proudly brings over 15 years of diverse management and marketing experience to every project she tackles.

Hailing from the lush hills of Prince Edward Island, Jennifer is pleased to now call Vancouver home. A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Jennifer has been an entertainer since the age of three! Her first job at age 13 was definitely unusual; at a family friend’s suggestion, she auditioned for (and was subsequently hired to play) the leading character at Canadian World Theme Park in Japan. After pursuing a decade-long professional career in the arts, she decided to focus her talents on the behind-the-scenes world of arts management, including contracts with Canadian Idol, Canada Games, Vancouver Circus School, and Army of Sass Canada.

A self-professed “life long learner”, Jennifer holds a variety of post-secondary and continuing studies certifications including Event Management (Holland College), Professional Bookkeeper (Langara College), and is currently working towards her CPA designation in British Columbia.

 

 

Ashley Brodeur


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Ashley Brodeur
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Ashley Brodeur

Born and raised in St. Catharines,Ontario, Ashley has been dancing for most of her life. Competing and performing growing up she also started teaching and assisting at the age of 16 at her mother’s studio.

In 2004 she travelled to Reisa, Germany with the Canadian National Tap Team, Orlando, FL with the Canadian National Jazz Team and then spent two consecutive summers training with Be Discovered at Millennium Dance Complex. In 2006 she was accepted to York University’s BFA Dance Program. After that she found herself in the Commercial Dance Program at George Brown College studying dance, vocal and theory and acting. A founding member of Artist’s In Motion she has since performed in various shows, videos and festivals in Toronto such as The Kuumba and Fringe Festivals.

In 2009 she relocated to Calgary to study with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. She then taught of the School of Decidedly Jazz, various studios and women’s help groups as well as at risk children’s after school programs. Performing regularly with ILLFX Entertainment and the Groove Academy she then decided to return to Toronto.

Credits since have included performing at Culture Shock Washington, D.C., the Dubai Shopping Festival with CMart Worldwide and choreographed by Hollywood Jade, Choreographer’s Ball in pieces by Esie Mensah (Black Stars), Leah Totten (BOSS) and Shameka Blake (AIM) and the 2013 Much Music Video Awards with PSY.

Brodeur has always loved teaching and has chosen to focus on that area of her dance career. In the summer of 2014 she travelled to Spain and received her RYS200 HR Yoga Teacher Training. Upon completion she took a week long teaching residency at Memories Splash Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. A well rounded dancer and teacher in styles of jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet and hip hop.

After training with Carla in the Lieutenant rank of Toronto, launching her own Strut Dance and Body in Niagara, she is excited for her role as Army of Sass City Leader for Calgary and is also studying Yoga Therapy at Mount Royal University.

 

 

Stephanie Fuhrman


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Stephanie Fuhrman
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Stephanie Fuhrman

Stephanie has been dancing from the young age of 4 yrs old at the former Hanson School of Dance in Kindersley, SK where she grew up. During her years at that studio she achieved many accreditations in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. After high school she went to Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program and received a Diploma in Musical Theatre studies. After completing college she moved to Calgary, AB to study under the jazz style instruction of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in their Pre-Professional Training Program. After her training with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks she went on to achieve her ADAPT Teachers Certification in Jazz and Tap.

Stephanie has had the opportunity to teach for different dance studios in Calgary and perform at various events with different dance groups over the years. Some of the opportunities she has had to perform are live with the Goo Goo Dolls at the Orange Ball in Miami, FL. Dancer for DJ’s Victor Niglio and AutoErotique at Murmur nightclub in Calgary, AB. Placed 3rd in an International Go Go dance competition in Las Vegas, NV. Train and perform with the Outriders professional cheerleading team for the CFL Calgary Stampeders. Train and perform with ‘Pretty Girl Swag’ training team in Calgary, AB at the Calgary International Salsa Congress and MPact showcase in 2015. Part of the ‘Cowboys Casino Wild Aces’ dance team and perform with ‘Two Shine County’ and ‘Jack and Cash’ during a live performance in the Cowboys Tent during Stampede which were the opening acts for Nelly.

Stephanie discovered Army of Sass in Fall of 2013. When she heard that this company had come to Calgary she jumped at the opportunity to train and perform in this exciting dance style in heels. What started as an opportunity to train in a new style of dance and another way to perform became so much more as Stephanie learned about the program and what it stands for and how she truly became to love this company. Stephanie has been a City Leader since Winter 2015 and has been loving every moment of it. Now with her partner Ashley, Stephanie is even more excited to see what Army of Sass can bring to you and your friends over the years and for all the exciting adventures we will have together!

 

 

Brittany Steel


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Brittany Steel
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Brittany Steel

Brittany Steel, a born and raised Calgarian, began dancing at the age of 10. After years of jazz, ballet and hip hop training, her passion for dance truly elevated. During her final studio years, she was the assistant to the hip hop instructor, assisting with various levels of students.  She attributes her success in dance competitions to her love of performing. 

Brittany has been with Army Of Sass since the beginning of the Calgary location. She was made Assistant and has been a Corporal level dancer for two full seasons. In addition to the regularly scheduled AOS session performances, she has also performed at the Coors Light Mystery Mansion, 10@10 Showcase, and various fundraising and charity events. Dental Assistant by day and Army of Sass teacher and dancer by night, she feels so blessed and truly honoured to share her choreography, story, and love for Army Of Sass. This July she successfully completed her Army of Sass Teacher Training Certification and is now an amazing part of the Calgary team. 

 

 

Candace Cowan


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Candace Cowan
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Candace Cowan

Candace Cowan teaches women how to feel confident and fit in their bodies, along with being happy. Yes, it sounds strange! But happiness is a SKILL we develop, and she’s an expert at teaching it. 

A lover of movement, she grew up with a passion for dance and have spent the past 22 years crafting her skill. Spending free time as a young woman rehearsing and competing in Ballet, Highland, Jazz, Tap, Flemenco, and Modern Dance. She also performed on Cruise Lines! It was that love and passion for movement and the body that brought her into her career as a Personal Trainer. Certified Personal Trainer through CanfitPro and she has completed many courses through Mount Royal University including AFLCA Group Fitness,  Resistance Training, TRX, Fusion and BootyBarre. Adding another one to the list, Candace successfully completed her Army of Sass Teacher Training Certification this July. 

 

 

• FAQ •

Check out these frequently asked questions, or contact us using the form below.

  • Do I need dance experience to join the ARMY of SASS?

    NOT AT ALL! We have classes in 3 different levels:

    • Beginner (and yes we mean absolute, never been in a dance class kind of beginner)
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced & professional

  • What do I wear?

    • For training: stretchy, comfortable and SASSY clothes that you feel fabulous in!
    • For performance: costumes will depend on the production theme for that term.

  • What kind of shoes do I wear?

    Comfortable, CLEAN, and thick heeled indoor shoes! Doesn’t matter what height of heel, just as long as you are comfortable! Be mindful of stilettos… they may look fabulous for a night out, but wearing them while trying to execute the AOS moves for two hours can be difficult. If you’re first starting out we suggest a good pair of kitten heels or sneaker wedges!

  • How much is the ARMY of SASS program?

    The program is currently $275.00 plus taxes and fees for each 10-week program where you receive 2 hours/week of training.

    That comes out to $13.75/class! Normally in the dance/fitness industry, drop-in classes are $20.00. That is a savings of $6.25/class!

  • How much are the drop-in Sass classes?

    The AOS headquarters like to keep things affordable and attainable for our new students so we keep our drop-in rate competitive at $15.00/class.

  • Can I try my first class for FREE?

    YES! Contact us using the contact form below to get your FREE pass to a Sass class in your area!

    NOTE: this promotion is for first-time students only.

  • How can I pay for the program or drop-in?

    Drop-ins are cash only, payable when you arrive at the drop-in class; first-come, first-served.

    Program payments are generally accepted via Paypal, Visa, and Mastercard, cash, and cheque. Payment types may vary by location; click “Register now” for full details.

    Please take note that most AOS locations do charge sales and provincial taxes on the programming fee; however, tax is already included in the drop-in Sass class fee.

  • Do we have class cards for drop-in Sass classes?

    We currently do not. However, if this were something you would like to have, we would love to hear it from you! You can use the online contact form below to do so.

  • Are there any other costs incurred by the AOS Program?

    YES! Just one. It is for the costume that you will be performing in. NOTE: We often use many of the same pieces over and over again, and just layer them with different affordable accessories or pieces so you don’t have to spend too much money. If it is your first time we would safely say you will end up spending roughly $80.00-$100.00 on your costume (getting your staple pieces: fishnets, thigh high socks, and bodysuit or dress).

  • Are there financing/payment plans available for the program?

    Technically no; however, we here at the ARMY of SASS believe that NO GOOD WOMAN should be left behind! So if doing a monthly payment plan would help you become or stay part of the AOS family, we will do our best to accommodate. Please talk to the city licensee or teacher in your area if needed.

  • Are boys allowed in?

    Of course! But only if you like to dance, prance, and be fabulous in heels!

  • Can people watch?

    Not the whole class. If someone is picking one of you up after class and the door is open or there is a viewing mirror in the studio, yes they can watch at the end.

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