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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

WED • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelOpen Level Drop-In Mississauga

Paula & Zee
Dance To The Rhythm
FREE PROMO CLASS: September 6, 2017September 13, 2017
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WED • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 PrivatesLevel 1 Privates- Mississauga

Paula
Dance To The Rhythm
Register
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WED • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 2 CorporalsLevel 2 Corporal – Mississauga

Nichola & Emma & Zee
Dance To The Rhythm
Register

WED • 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelOpen Level Drop-In Milton

Meg
Oxygen Fitness
FREE PROMO CLASS: September 6, 2017September 13, 2017
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WED • 8:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Rehearsal Class Open LevelRehearsal Private Level – Milton

Meg
Oxygen Fitness
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WED • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Special Class- see details in "Spotlight", belowSummer of Sass

Paula
Dance To The Rhythm
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SUN • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Special Class- see details in "Spotlight", belowSummer of Sass

Meg
Blueheel Dance Studio

• 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 •

AOSPeel Presents OZ

A sassy twist to the classic Wizard of Oz tale…..

Doors 8:00 pm • Show 9:00 pm

Fri • November 24
Kalayaan Cultural Centre

19+
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


Contact us for tickets
Doors 1:00 pm • Show 3:00 pm

Sun • November 26
Rockpile

All ages
$15 in advance • $20 at the door


Contact us for tickets

DIVAS

Honouring our Modern Divas — Beyoncé, Ariana, Katy Perry and more.
Come see Army of Sass Etobicoke present another unique, fun show full of dance and surprises.

Doors 8:00 pm • Show 9:00 pm

Fri • June 16
The Rockpile

19+
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


Purchase tickets from AOS Dancers or at door.


Contact us for tickets

• Spotlight •

Summer of Sass

Stay a part of AOS this summer with our Summer of Sass drop-in Classes!

 

Wednesday dates at Dance to the Rhythm Mississauga:

July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16   —8-9pm

 

Wednesday dates at Oxygen Fitness Milton:

Aug 2, Aug 30   —8:15-9:15pm **FREE CLASSES

 

Sunday dates at Blueheel Port Credit:

July 16, August 6, August 20  —2-3pm

 

Rotating instructors for all locations

Drop-in $15

• AOS Peel 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.

 

 

Meg


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Meg
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Meg

Even though Meg was a late bloomer entering the world of dance, that didn’t stop her from diving head first and learning all she could.

With a dance training spanning from traditional ballet/tap/jazz, ballroom, belly dance, latin, burlesque, Hawaiian, jive, breakdance, hip hop, pole dance and aerials, there is rarely a dance form Meg hasn’t tried.

Meg has performed and/or competed in; Le Coquette as Dante’s Inferno, belly dance for Invoketress and Tsaigne, salsa for Latin Energy and Flying Dance, ballroom dance, music videos, as an Argos cheerleader and of course, Army of Sass in the original group created by Carla Catherwood in 2010. As a teacher she taught for Flying Dance in Guelph in cabaret and bellydance as well as for the Wellington school board in General Dance.

Dancing is clearly in her genes as her grandmother was a dance teacher herself and a principal dancer for the opening of the Royal York Hotel. And just like her grandmother, she will never stop dancing no matter how old she gets. Meg believes you are never too late to start and anyone can learn to dance, even with two left feet.

Previous licensee for AOS Etobicoke and now the licensee for AOS Guelph and  co-licensee for AOS Peel.

 

 

 

 

Paula


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Paula
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Paula

Although petite in stature, Paula is a largely spirited girl who values family and friendship. She studied Early Childhood Education and she loves working with children. Her love for dance started at an early age when she began to choreograph dances to her favourite R’n’B and dancehall songs and perform them at community events, birthdays and weddings. Her passion for dance remained with her throughout high school and became part of an all-girl dance crew. She has taught dance classes for the youth in her after school program in both Canada and Japan. Now, Paula explores a variety of dances from various cultures like African, Waacking, House, and Hustle. while establishing herself as a hard working and dedicated member of AOS. She is proud to call herself a member of AOS and continues to grow as a dancer. Paula is the current co-licensee for AOS Peel.

 

 

Zee


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Zee
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Zee

Zaahira was born, the second youngest of 8 siblings in a 10 person household. This large family dynamic has created the fun loving infectious attitude that makes her the person and character she is today. Zaahira’s performance career started at the young age of 3 as a competitive gymnast. After 13 years of competing on a provincial and national level, her gymnastics career came to a halt due to a serious leg injury. She quickly turned to her next passion for dance as a way to bring herself back up. Even throughout her many years of as a competitive gymnast, Zee always incorporated her passion for dance in any way possible and began choreographing routines for gym club events at the age of 12. Zaahira’s background in Theater performing Arts has influenced her style of dance, by expressing various characters through her routines. Some of her body of work includes, choreographing a successful audition piece for Cirque du Soleil applicant, participating in Wonderland’s Pack and Argonauts Cheerleading. She also was chosen to dance for Rihanna’s first music video “Pon Di Replay” and a featured dancer in the Robbie Williams music video “Radio” Today she is excited to continue her journey in dance by joining this years Army of Sass’s Team and hopes to inspire others with her charismatic personality.

 

 

Emma


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Emma
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Emma

Emma Dubinsky started dancing with Dance Dynamics Studio in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is currently a performing artist living in Toronto and pursuing her dreams of being a professional dancer.
Emma has completed up to the pre-advanced jazz in her ADAPT examinations, and 9 levels in tap and ballet, as well as the ADAPT teachers-revision course in Ottawa. After one year of post- secondary education at York University studying Psychology, Emma continued attending many master dance classes in Toronto, and soon after was accepted into the Commercial Dance Studies program at George Brown College. At George Brown she trained in jazz, hip hop, ballet, modern, musical theatre, vocal and acting. Emma is currently represented by Quintia Talent Agency in Toronto.
She has many stage performance experiences performing with companies such as such as the Ballet Jörgen in the Nutcracker, Hairspray with St. Ignatius High School, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pan America Games Opening Ceremony with Cirque Du Soleil, The MAS Fest, Makeup Forever, performing backup for vocalists and DJs at music festivals, Army of Sass Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Seneca Pulse Casino Grand Opening in New York and more.
Emma also enjoys teaching dance and choreographing. She was teaching heels classes for Army of Sass Etobicoke and now for Army of Sass Peel, her own hip hop workshops and classes. As well, she choreographed a music video for a Toronto artist. She is the co- creator of Next Level Workshop which inspires young dancers and gives them insight on being a professional. She has taught in studios and choreographed for numerous competition numbers in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, musical theatre and acro.

 

 

Nichola


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nichola
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nichola
Nichola started dancing when she was 3 years old in Uxbridge. When she moved to Italy soon after she continued to train and perform in all styles. When she moved back to Toronto, she continued her training at Pegasus Dance Studios where she trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Nichola has competed in the past at Kiwanis, OUCH (Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop) with McMaster where they placed 2nd in 2010, Hiit the Floor and Culture Shock. Nichola has been pursuing other passions in life, but is proud to say that she is training hard with Army of Sass under Carla Catherwood and with SONDER Dance Collective under Rachel Hunter. She is excited to continue to grow her passion and skills in dance.

 

 

Malou


Office Admin / Assistant

Malou
Office Admin / Assistant

Malou

Malou first discovered Army of Sass in 2013 while organizing a bachelorette party. The experience left her wanting more so she signed up and has been hooked ever since!
She has performed with AOS Toronto, AOS Oakville and Mississauga, and more recently, AOS Etobicoke.

Dancing has always been a part of Malou’s  life. It brought her joy as a little girl, performing for family and friends, and helped her connect and build long lasting relationships through her middle and high school years, as a part of an all-girl dance crew.  Now as a mom of two, she is thrilled to be a part a program that not only teaches fun and sassy dance routines, but has helped her build self-confidence, and join a community of amazing, like-minded women from all walks of life!

Malou welcomes and encourages every woman to be a part of the AOS family and can’t wait to introduce the program in Peel!

 

 

Bianca


Office Admin / Assistant

Bianca
Office Admin / Assistant

Bianca
Meet Bianca, AOS Peels Social Media Manager and all around tech guru! You will most likely find her either on her phone posting to the AOS Peels Instagram/Facebook pages, behind her GoPro filming footage during class, or encouraging group pics to be taken! Bianca is always willing to lend a helping hand to her AOS fam, so if you’re joining AOS Peel, be prepared to be seeing a lot of her around!
Bianca was born and raised in the Niagara region. She moved to Hamilton to study Software Engineering at McMaster University, and then eventually relocated to Mississauga where she now works as a Software Developer for a simulation company.
Bianca’s dance training started when she was an adult. She started with partnered ballroom and trained in various dance styles, such as swing dancing, salsa, rumba, tango etc. Her favourite was always Lindy Hop!
After being inspired by Kaelynn Harris and Willdabeast Adams on YouTube, she enrolled herself into an adult hip hop group at the Canadian Dance Company. She trained and performed with them for two years, all while taking the occasional hip hop drop in class in Toronto.
She was introduced to heels dancing by a woman that she met during one of her drop in classes, and was instantly intrigued. After a quick Instagram search of “torontoheels” and finding Army of Sass, she knew that heels dancing was something she HAD to try!
Bianca has been training with Army of Sass since the “Life is a Cabaret” winter session. She started as a beginner dancer, but has grown to be a Corporal Level (intermediate) dancer! She has even stepped in to substitute a few drop in classes.
Bianca is a dog mom of two cocker spaniel poodles, loves watching horror/sci-if movies, playing video games, and dancing the night away! Bianca is continuously taking dance classes around the GTA in order to further her growth as a dancer; from dancehall, hip hop, to heels… but she will always be a loyal member of the Sass army.

 

 

• 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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