Hello Toronto !

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 • 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Special Class- see details in "Spotlight", below

Meghan Norah
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL

WED • 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Open Level

Rotating Instructors
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL
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THU • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Special Class- see details in "Spotlight", below

Kim Allan
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL
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THU • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Special Class- see details in "Spotlight", below

Rotating Instructors
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL

• 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

10:00PM Shows are 19+ events
5:30PM Show is all ages

Doors 9:00 pm • Show 10:00 pm

Sat • June 3
Mod Club Theatre

19+
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


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


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Doors 5:00 pm • Show 5:30 pm

Sat • June 10
Mod Club Theatre

All ages
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


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


Buy tickets
Doors 9:00 pm • Show 10:00 pm

Sat • June 10
Mod Club Theatre

19+
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


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


Buy tickets

• Spotlight •

SUMMER OF SASS – Unlimited Passes On Sale NOW!

SUMMER OF SASS
Over 40 Classes & Workshops from June 26th – Sept. 3rd!

MONDAYS
8 – 9:15pm
Lyrical OR Broadway Heels with Meghan & Guests

WEDNESDAYS
8 – 9:15pm
Sass Class with Rotating Instructors

THURSDAYS

7 – 8pm
Bootcamp with Kim & The Body Boutique
8 – 9pm
Hip Hop Grooves/Techniques with Guests (June 29th – July 27th)
Jazz Technique with Courtney & Guests (Aug 3rd – 31st)

SASS PASS + DROP-IN PRICING
Single DROP-IN: $15

Half Summer SASS PASS: $150 + HST (UNLIMITED classes June 26th – July 30th OR July 31st – September 3rd)

Full Summer SASS PASS: $200 + HST (UNLIMITED classes June 26th –  September 3rd)

PURCHASE YOURS TODAY at https://www.jotform.com/armyofsasstoronto/summerofsass

YOU GOT THIS, GIRL – AOS Heels Workshop with Mel Mah

You Got This Girl – AOS Heels Workshop with Mel Mah

Don’t miss this 2 HOUR workshop that includes and life and industry chat, a yoga flow and a full combo! Don’t forget your heels!

Thursday June 15th, 2017
8-10pm
452 College St.
$35 (incl hst)
Open Level

To register: email toronto@armyofsass.com!

 

• AOS Toronto 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!”

 

 

Meghan Norah


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Meghan Norah
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Meghan Norah

Meghan is so excited to have taken over the Toronto location with Courtney! A Toronto gal since birth, Meghan grew up honing her love for Musical Theatre – and all things singing, dance and theatrics! She graduated from George Brown College in 2007 and since then her dance training and performance experience has spanned various styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, latin, nuvo-burlesque, hip hop, dancehall, go-go and disco. She has had the opportunity to sing, dance, and perform aerial circus in countless shows and festivals across Canada. Her deep love affair with music has lead her to host Open Mics, front a classic rock band,  sing and star in countless live productions, and pursue various singer/songwriter ventures! Some highlights include performances with Army Of Sass, The Lovers Cabaret (Vancouver), Love Letters Cabaret, The Trump Hotel, Curtain Call Players, Buskerfest, Choreographers Ball, TIFF and the Hard Rock Cafe. Along with her extensive work in performance arts, she is also a skilled digital video editor and videographer.
In the Army of Sass world, Meghan began as a student in the first ever session with Carla Catherwood, and worked her way up over the years to be an Assistant, a Sergeant of Sass, Director and Producer for the Toronto location shows, and now Location Licensee! The confidence and skills that she has gained from being involved with Army of Sass over the years have made her the leader and performer that she is today!

 

 

Courtney Odelein


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Courtney Odelein
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Courtney Odelein

Courtney is the newest addition to the #TorontoTeamThree as a Licensee. Her love of dance began at the age of three with Quill Lake School of Dance. She has been trained under the RAD, ADAPT, CDTA, and NHDA dance syllabus. During high school, she worked with Annie Woods in the jazz/contemporary company Dare to Dance: Instincts. After graduation, Courtney travelled to Vancouver to dance with Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program. Courtney soon moved to Toronto, Ontario and trained with Scholarship Dance Program, Army of Sass, and BOSS Dance Company. She is a faculty member for Lisa Stevens and Heidi Ford’s Broadway Bound International Dance Convention and Fayez1 Productions with Faye Rauw. Courtney has the pleasure of working as head choreographer and back up dancer for recording artist Julia Tynes. You can see her in videos for artists such as; V Sevani, Wanting Q, Diana Viselli, Ain’t No Love, and Sonder Collective: Human Diaries. She has appeared in numerous shows, events and productions all over Canada, such as, Vancity Project, Urban Alchemy, Tapistry, The GREAT Campaign, Dance Ontario, REVEALED, The Box Presents: Evoke, Julia Tynes, A Night of Sonder and many, many Army of Sass Shows. Her T.V. credits include; Canada Summer Games closing ceremonies, Extra, TSN, Coors Light, the Marilyn Denis Show and CTV.

Courtney has a genuine love of dancing, teaching and performing and is very grateful to now have the opportunity to lead part of the Army of Sass Community.

 

 

Kim Allan


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Kim Allan
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Kim Allan

A lover of all things sexy, sassy and soulful! Kim loves to draw out the inner sex kitten that dwells in us all. Although Kim has mostly hung up her professional dance and acting career you never know when she will come out of hibernation. Having spent many years appearing in film, television, music videos, live performances, commercials and industrials she now loves to teach others help them grow, develop and realize their own potential. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing one of her students come into their own. She loves to empower women and build their confidence through dance and fitness. Kim was part of Toronto’s up and coming urban dance scene dancing with Phem Phat and Blaze under the direction and choreography of Jae Blaze. Selected credits include opening concerts for Destiny’s Child, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Usher, music videos for Rihanna, Johnny Reid, Alexis on Fire/Moneen, Kardinal, Snow, industrials /commercials for IBM, Labatt’s, Molson’s, Smirnoff, Ford, Toronto Argonauts Cheerleader, Hamilton Tiger Cats Cheerleader, Jon Dore Show,  Little Mosque on The Prairie, and The Pete Rose Story for TSN. After taking one of Carla’s classes way back in 2009 she knew she had to be part of this sexy, empowering revolution! Since the start of AOS in Toronto Kim has been part of it and loving every minute of it. Thankful and thrilled to be teaching for AOS Toronto. Now a mom and running her own fitness company Kim can’t wait to get her sassy own with you!

 

 

Kiana Smith


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Kiana Smith
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Kiana Smith

Originally from small town Nanaimo, British Columbia, 19 year old Kiana Smith has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro/Gymnastics, Burlesque and is a graduate from the Musical Theatre Program at Randolph Academy. After recently returning from a World Tour as a dancer for Youtube sensation Lilly Singh aka ‘Superwoman’ and rapper Humble the Poet, Kiana is now exploring more of her choreographer side as the director of a new Hip Hop company called The Syndicate. Kiana is thrilled to announce that she’ll be branching out and teaching Jazz and Hip Hop technique in the Army of Sass program!

 

 

Rosa Campagna


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rosa Campagna
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rosa Campagna

Discovering dance at an early age, Rosa Campagna began her journey with Soul in Motion as a member of the competive team. She then decided to further her education at York University as a dance minor. During this time she trained with arists such as Helen Jones, and Susan Lee in modern/contemporary techniques. Furthering her passion for dance, Rosa enlisted herself in Army of Sass in 2015. Her AOS training has given her the opportunity to work closely with leading heels choreographers such as Kaela Faloon and Kiana Smith. She also trains with DARK Dance Company under Lineen Doung and Allison Bradley, working on hip-hop/contemporary styles of movement. Now a Sergeant of Sass, Rosa hopes to share her wealth of knowledge with her students and her passion for dancing in heels!

 

 

Rotating Instructors


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rotating Instructors
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rotating Instructors

Profile is coming soon.

 

 

• 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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