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 - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 2 Intermediatewith Sgt. Paula

Paula DiGiuseppe
The Dance Room (2nd floor)
FREE PROMO CLASS: September 5, 2017September 12, 2017
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TUE • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 2 CorporalsCorporal A with Sgt. Paula

Paula DiGiuseppe
The Dance Room (2nd floor)
Register

WED • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginnerwith Sgt. Steph

Stephanie DePiero
The Dance Room (2nd floor)
FREE PROMO CLASS: September 6, 2017September 13, 2017
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WED • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 PrivatesPrivate B with Sgt. Steph

Stephanie DePiero
The Dance Room (2nd floor)
Register

THU • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginner“Sassy Moms” with Sgt. Steph

Stephanie DePiero
The Dance Room (2nd floor)
FREE PROMO CLASS: September 7, 2017September 14, 2017
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THU • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 PrivatesPrivate C with Sgt. Steph

Stephanie DePiero
The Dance Room (2nd floor)
Register

SUN • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginnerwith Sgt. Sara

Sara Sorrell
The Dance Room (2nd floor)
FREE PROMO CLASS: September 10, 2017
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SUN • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 PrivatesPrivate A with Sgt. Sara

Sara Sorrell
The Dance Room (2nd floor)
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 •

OZ

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!

Please note: Our show date will fall at the end of November. The official date will be released soon

 

Showtimes and ticket info will be available soon.

• Spotlight •

FREE FALL PROMO CLASSES!

It’s that time of year again and we cannot wait to see both old and new faces!

Please join us for our 7 FREE promo classes!!

7:00-8:00pm on Tuesday September 5th
7:00-8:00pm on Wednesday September 6th
5:30-6:30pm on Thursday September 7th
4:00-5:00pm on Sunday September 10th
7:00-8:00pm on Tuesday September 12th
7:00-8:00pm on Wednesday September 13th
5:30-6:30pm on Thursday September 14th

Be sure to let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at thunderbay@armyofsass.com

• AOS Thunder Bay 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.

 

 

Stephanie DePiero


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Stephanie DePiero
General (AOS Location Licensee)

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.

 

 

Sara Sorrell


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sara Sorrell
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Bio coming soon!

 

 

Nicole Avella


Office Admin / Assistant

Nicole Avella
Office Admin / Assistant

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!

 

 

Kassandra Arsenault


Office Admin / Assistant

Kassandra Arsenault
Office Admin / Assistant

Kassandra Arsenault

bio coming soon!

 

 

Anne Carroll Antenucci


Office Admin / Assistant

Anne Carroll Antenucci
Office Admin / Assistant

Bio coming soon!

 

 

Shannon Gagne


Office Admin / Assistant

Shannon Gagne
Office Admin / Assistant

Bio coming soon!

 

 

Lynda DePiero


Office Admin / Assistant

Lynda DePiero
Office Admin / Assistant

Lynda DePiero

For over 30 years, Lynda DePiero has motivated and inspired participants in dance, fitness and pilates.   Studying ballet, tap and jazz in her early years sparked the passion to teach and perform.   To this day she directs, choreographs and performs with her two adult performing dance groups “The Celtic Rythmns” and “Sassy Senior Dancers”.

Certified with ACE (The American Council on Exercise), Lynda specializes in senior and older adult programs.   Introduced to the discipline of pilates 20 years ago, Lynda initially practiced these precision exercises to improve her own posture, flexibility and balance.   Pilates transformed her body & body awareness, increased her strength and endurance as well as prevented injuries.   Certified with Stott Pilates and the Pilates Process, Lynda shares her experience and knowledge to clients of all ages and abilities.   She specializes in mat and reformer classes designing programs to fit individual needs from beginner to advanced levels.   Educated in Zenga, Core, Vinyasa, Halo Training and Therapeutic Pilates to address that extra edge to keep the clients’ muscles guessing and inspired. She currently teaching at Ross Pilates and also works with privates and semi-privates.

Lynda attributes her longevity in teaching success to being born a “Leo” and the love and support from her family.

She is excited to be part of the Army of Sass team in helping them with many behind the scene details!

 

 

• 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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