Hello Thunder Bay !

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


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TUE • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 2 Corporals

Paula DiGiuseppe
Experience Dance (second floor)
Register

TUE • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 2 Intermediate

Paula DiGiuseppe
Experience Dance (second floor)
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WED • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 Privates

Stephanie DePiero
Experience Dance (second floor)

WED • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginner

Stephanie DePiero
Experience Dance (second floor)
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SUN • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 Privates

Stephanie DePiero & Taylor Holden
Experience Dance (second floor)

SUN • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginner

Stephanie DePiero & Taylor Holden
Experience Dance (second floor)

• 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 2

$250 +tax


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

Full session • Regular

Available September 2 - October 11

$275 +tax


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

Drop-in

Available during session dates

$15


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

• Shows •

DIVAS

Doors 7:00 pm • Show 8:00 pm

Mon • June 19
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

All ages
$20 general admission


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


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• Spotlight •

AOS THUNDER BAY IS EXCITED FOR OUR SPRING SESSION!!

Our SASS CLASS DROP-INS are offered 2 times a week for beginners (Wednesdays) and intermediates (Tuesdays) . Our drop-ins are perfect for those who are trying a heels class for the first time or for those who may be unable to commit the full program. To clarify; when participating in drop-in classes, you are NOT required to perform.

Our PERFORMANCE & TRAINING PROGRAM is a 10 week program for  2 hours a week. It includes; 1 hour of SASS CLASS drop-in (7-8pm) + 1 hour of SHOW REHEARSAL (8-9pm). All who are registered will perform live on stage together!

AOS Thunder Bay we welcome ALL LEVELS. ALL AGES. ALL SHAPES. ALL SIZES.  No experience necessary. Our Sergeants of Sass (aka. teachers) will break it down real slow, especially for you beginners!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM SO THAT YOU CAN STAY UPDATED ON EVERYTHING WE HAVE ON THE GO THIS SESSION!

• AOS Thunder Bay Team •

Carla Catherwood


Commander-in-chief (CEO & Founder)

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!”

 

 

Stephanie DePiero


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Stephanie DePiero
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Stephanie DePiero

Since 1999 Stephanie has taught and worked with both entertainment professionals and students of all ages and ability levels. At age 14 she was employed by the City of Thunder Bay as their first hip hop instructor. She taught for the city for 4 years until she graduated high school.

Her dance education was with the Fay Gleeson Dance Center. Training in jazz, tap ballet, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theatre. She studied with the Canadian Teachers Dance Association (CDTA) and at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She also studied piano, acting, and voice. After graduating high school she continued training at various workshops, conventions, and attending programs at Broadway Dance Center and Steps (New York), Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex (Los Angeles).

Stephanie moved to Toronto and soon began auditioning and working in videos, television, film, and theatre. Also working for various entertainment companies and for several seasons as a in-house promoter and performer with MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.

While living in Toronto Stephanie taught at Jaymor School of Dancing, MBS, and City Dance Corps.

Stephanie is a vibrant, experienced, and motivated instructor. Her credits both as a professional dancer and choreographer speak volumes for the amount of experience she has to offer her students!

 

 

Paula DiGiuseppe


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Paula DiGiuseppe
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Paula DiGiuseppe

Paula has been dancing for 20 years with Experience Dance Studio covering many styles. A few include ballet, jazz, lyrical, theatre, and hip-hop.

She has had the honour to teach at Experience Dance Studio for 4 years, working with all levels and styles of dance. A year was spent training with Grant McEawn in musical theatre, taking on new skills and challenges.

Preforming has always been a huge passion of Paula’s and she has spent much of her time pursuing just that. She has been a back up singer for the past 7 years with the band Morning Light. As well, Paula has created her own band Foxxy and The Hounds to keep sharing the gift of performance.

 

 

Nicole Avella


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nicole Avella
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nicole Avella

At the age of 8, Nicole entered the dance world. She took classes both recreational and competitive at local dance studios Spirit of Dance as well as International Dance Academy. Nicole developed a love for hip-hop, jazz, and musical theatre.

Over the years, Nicole had the opportunity to perform and compete both locally and out of town. Nicole’s love of music also translates into a passion for singing and vocal training. Seeking an outlet that combined her love of dance with her vocal talent, Nicole joined BOUNCE Productions. She took part in many classes and local productions with BOUNCE including BOUNCE Senior Year: The Concert.

Through her training in dance and singing Nicole was able to develop her technique as well as her confidence on stage! Nicole is incredibly excited to be a part of Army of Sass Thunder Bay! She looks forward to continuing her training in the heels style. Nicole can’t wait to help empower and encourage other women to pursue their passion for dance!

 

 

Taylor Holden


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Taylor Holden
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Bio coming soon!

 

 

Reegan Bushby


Office Admin / Assistant

Reegan Bushby
Office Admin / Assistant

Reegan Bushby

Reegan began dancing at the age of 3 with a cultural dance group and began teaching for them years later. Following that, she danced at Spirit of Dance, International Dance Academy, and BOUNCE Productions. After taking a break from dance for a few years to focus on swimming and basketball, her passion for dance sparked again with Army of Sass.

Reegan is a Honours Bachelor of Social Work student at Lakehead University. She also works for the City of Thunder Bay lifeguarding and coaching swimming lessons at local swimming pools.

Being with AOS Thunder Bay from their start, she has a passion for the growth of this location, as well as locations across the country!

 

 

Britni Pizzi


Office Admin / Assistant

Britni Pizzi
Office Admin / Assistant

Britni Pizzi
Britni entered the dance world at the young age of 5. She danced at a local dance studio, International Dance Academy, for most of her life. Following the Academy, she danced with Legacy Dance Company. She also had the honour of teaching at both of these studios for multiple years.
After dancing for many years, she decided to stop dancing and focus on school and her passion to become a Student Support Person with the local Catholic School Board and in the community. When she achieved her goal, she decided it was time to dance again, and that is how she found us.
Britni fell in love with dance again once she took a few classes with Army of Sass. She forgot what it was like to perform, and that made her more passionate about this company.
She is excited to see what this company will do in the near future and for years to come.

 

 

• 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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