Hello Barrie !

Train. Sweat. Perform.

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

There are 3 different 10-week sessions per year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Every week you will train for 2 hours on drills and choreography. At the end of the session, you will showcase your new sassy moves in a themed performance with your fellow AOS dancers!

Your week just got a whole lot SASSIER!

This session, join 2000+ dancers across North America as we train together and perform together in a LIVE, original show!

REGISTRATION DATES
• Winter 2019 session runs from January to April. Program & registration dates vary by location.
• Early bird registration for Winter Session opens on November 18th.
• Regular registration for Winter Session opens on December 4.

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

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 •

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Winter 2020 Session
10 weeks between January 5, 2020 and March 28, 2020


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MON • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesPrivates C

Morgan Mackinnon
Safe Haven Studios
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WED • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AOS Program Level 2 CorporalsCorporals (Invite Only)

Wendy Graham
Safe Haven Studios
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WED • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
AOS Program Level 3 LieutenantsLieutenants (Invite Only)

Wendy Graham
Safe Haven Studios
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THU • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesPrivates D

Marissa Caldwell
Safe Haven Studios
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SUN • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesPrivates A

Nicole Scott
Safe Haven Studios
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SUN • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesPrivates B – Adv Beginner (Invite Only)

Nicole Scott
Safe Haven Studios
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• Rates •

Full year • 3 sessions

Available June 10 - October 17

$900 +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: Fall, Winter & Spring

Full session • Early bird

Available November 18 - December 3

$260 +tax


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

Full session • Regular

Available December 4 - February 14

$285 +tax


• 2 hrs / week for 10 weeks
• 1 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 •

Joie De Vivre presented by AOS Barrie

Joie De Vivre… the joy of living.

Our next show, Joie De Vivre, tells the story of a woman finding the joy in life. We cover love, sex, heartbreak and happiness. Includes music from Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Florence & The Machine, Cardi B, Lana Del Ray, Rihanna, Fergie and more!

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Saturday, November 30

Mavricks Music Hall

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Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct 15, at 10:00am!

7:00 or 10:00pm shows

Seats – $35 (only 80 per show)

GA Standing – $25

19+ event – you may be asked for ID

Cash bar

Doors 6:15 pm • Show 7:00 pm

Sat • November 30
Mavricks Music Hall

19+
$25 in advance • $30 at the door


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Doors 9:15 pm • Show 10:00 pm

Sat • November 30
Mavricks Music Hall

19+
$25 in advance • $30 at the door


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• Spotlight •

Joie De Vivre Presented by AOS Barrie

Joie De Vivre… the joy of living. 

Our next show, Joie De Vivre, tells the story of a woman finding the joy in life. We cover love, sex, heartbreak and happiness. Includes music from Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Florence & The Machine, Cardi B, Lana Del Ray, Rihanna, Fergie and more!

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Saturday, November 30

Mavricks Music Hall

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Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct 15, at 10:00am!

7:00 or 10:00pm shows

Seats – $35 (only 80 per show)

GA Standing – $25

19+ event – you may be asked for ID

Cash bar

• AOS Barrie 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.

 

 

Wendy Graham


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Wendy Graham
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Wendy Graham

✨MEET THE GENERAL✨

Wendy @wendydarlingxo is the Licensee for AOS Barrie and the owner of our host studio @safehavenstudiosbarrie

Check out more about her below:

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Wendy grew up as a competitive dancer, competing in styles such as jazz, tap, contemporary, acro and musical theatre. Her love for dance continued through high school, into university where she danced for UOIT and Durham College. 

After pursuing multiple other career options, Dance is where her heart lies. 

She was welcomed into Army of Sass at @aosnewmarket , her first AOS home. They took her in with open arms and that is where her love for this company started. She then moved onto AOS Vaughan where she assisted with one session before realizing she wanted to do this herself, and bring this amazing program to Barrie.

In September 2017, Wendy was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, but she didn’t let that stop her. AOS kept her going. Created the ultimate support system and gave her the extra strength she needed. And now as of March 2019, she is cancer free!

Going into our 6th session, she cannot believe the growth of our AOS Barrie family. She is grateful every single day that this is the path she has been given in life, and will put her heart and soul into it, and never take it for granted.

 

 

Wendy Graham


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Wendy Graham
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Wendy Graham

✨MEET THE GENERAL✨

Wendy @wendydarlingxo is the Licensee for AOS Barrie and the owner of our host studio @safehavenstudiosbarrie

Check out more about her below:

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Wendy grew up as a competitive dancer, competing in styles such as jazz, tap, contemporary, acro and musical theatre. Her love for dance continued through high school, into university where she danced for UOIT and Durham College. 

After pursuing multiple other career options, Dance is where her heart lies. 

She was welcomed into Army of Sass at @aosnewmarket , her first AOS home. They took her in with open arms and that is where her love for this company started. She then moved onto AOS Vaughan where she assisted with one session before realizing she wanted to do this herself, and bring this amazing program to Barrie.

In September 2017, Wendy was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, but she didn’t let that stop her. AOS kept her going. Created the ultimate support system and gave her the extra strength she needed. And now as of March 2019, she is cancer free!

Going into our 6th session, she cannot believe the growth of our AOS Barrie family. She is grateful every single day that this is the path she has been given in life, and will put her heart and soul into it, and never take it for granted.

 

 

Nicole Scott


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nicole Scott
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nicole Scott

✨MEET NICOLE✨

@nstaden was our first Sergeant added to the roster apart from our General. She is a massive part of why AOS Barrie is what it is!

Check out more about Nicole below!

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Nicole has a strong passion for dance and performing. She started off dancing when she was 6 years old and from the moment she hit the stage, she was hooked. Nicole is trained in a variety of dance styles, such as jazz, ballet, acro, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, and heels dancing. 

Nicole is a mom of 2 amazing boys who always keep her on her toes. Spending most of her days at hockey arenas and baseball fields, she was so excited when Army Of Sass came to barrie and she was able to dance again.

Nicole started with AOS Barrie in January 2018. She started off at one drop in and instantly feel in love with the program. Nicole said Army Of Sass barrie has helped her feel confident, sexy and empowered. She is so grateful to be able to share her experience as a teacher with all the incredible dancers. Army of sass Barrie is a sisterhood and there is no dancer left behind.

 

 

Morgan Mackinnon


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Morgan Mackinnon
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Morgan Mackinnon

✨MEET MORGAN✨

@mmackinnonn started out as a fabulous assistant and was destined for greatness – so we snatched her up as a teacher as soon as we could! Her bubbly energy and fun choreo leaves an impression with everyone she meets!

She is the Sergeant for our Monday Beginners and dances with our Lieus.

More about Morgan below!

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Morgan has danced with Army of Sass for 3 years now, getting her strut started with AOS Newmarket before finding her home with AOS Barrie last year. She has been dancing since the tender age of 12, first as a young hip hop dancer, then pursuing dance in high school and graduating with a fine arts certificate in dance. Morgan then took a 5-6 year hiatus from shaking her booty – officially, anyway – before finding AOS three years ago. Trained in many dance forms, she is so excited to bring all kinds of different styles to her heels dance students. She started teaching with contemporary classes, but has been an avid choreographer throughout her whole life putting on shows for family, friends, and high school classes too! The AOS community is constant source of light and happiness in her life, and is truly life-changing. She hopes to bring this openness, spirit, and energy to her students in her own AOS Sass Classes as well!

 

 

Emma Nevins


Office Admin / Assistant

Emma Nevins
Office Admin / Assistant

Emma Nevins

✨MEET EMMA✨

@emma_gram is one of our OG Assistants and has brought so much to our team over the last year! She definitely gets the “most improved” award and her value to this team can not be replaced.

See what she had to say below:

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I first started dancing with AOS Barrie about a year and a half ago when they opened for their first session. I had recently had my daughter and as many first time moms experience, I had completely lost my sense of self. I love my daughter dearly but being a mom was quickly becoming my only sense of identity, and I had very few opportunities to feel sexy and empowered as a woman. I was so self conscious and very judgmental of myself. Walking into my first AOS class (sporting my best track suit and sport socks) I instantly felt welcomed and at ease. The women who greeted me were so kind and encouraging and my fear melted away very quickly. I instantly fell in love with AOS. Even though I have very little dance background, the girls welcomed me with open arms and after my first session I became an assistant. The experience has only gotten better every week! Getting out of “mom mode” once a week and belonging to a community of inspiring woman has changed my life!

 

 

Marissa Caldwell


Office Admin / Assistant

Marissa Caldwell
Office Admin / Assistant

Marissa Caldwell

✨MEET MARISSA✨

@marissaisms is not only our favourite ginger, but she also does a lot of our BTS work and is the reason our General’s head hasn’t exploded! She is an irreplaceable member of this team!

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Marissa Caldwell is a cupcake-pushing, smut-slinging, thespian-loving Social Media Maven & oh-so proud Dog Mom. By day, she promotes romance novels and is the online voice behind many performing arts groups in Simcoe County. By night, her life becomes a collage of small-time theatre roles, Netflix binges, unnecessary DIY-projects, and Sass Classes. The performance bug bit Marissa early in life and she’s been the shyest ham you’ll ever meet since Baby Ballet we-won’t-say-how-many years ago. She jazzed-and-tapped her way through life until the end of high school, but kept performing in theatre, well, even ’til this day. Almost 10 years after her last dance class, she found her new home in AOS Barrie in early 2018, after stalking them on Instagram for 4 months. When she finally attended her first Sass Class, she came home proclaiming “THIS IS WHO I AM NOW” and has never looked back. AOS Barrie changed her life – become a part of who she is – and the amazing ladies involved have become a second family. Hooked on the passion, attitude, and fierce energy of this firecracker troupe, Marissa is honoured to leave it all on the dance floor with such incredible women every single week.

 

 

Kristen Wood


Office Admin / Assistant

Kristen Wood
Office Admin / Assistant

Kristen Wood

✨MEET KRISTEN✨

Kristen is one of our newest Team Members, but definitely not new to AOS. Check out what she had to say below:

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Hey sassy babes. My name is Kristen! I started dance at the age of 3 at my moms dance studio ! I have had amazing opportunities throughout my dance career, a trip to l.a to dance at millennium and a short stint on the Blue jays dance crew !  I have been a dance teacher for 17 years ! I joined AOS Barrie in September 2018  because I wanted to dance again and haven’t left since ! AOS brought me out of a dark place and provided me with the most amazing group of women who uplift and encourage me ! Can’t wait to meet and dance with you all xoxo

@k.wood89

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Photo cred: @dcarltonphoto

 

 

Kimberly Spicer


Office Admin / Assistant

Kimberly Spicer
Office Admin / Assistant

Kimberly Spicer

🌟MEET KIMBERLY🌟

@coachkimxoxo is one of our newest assistants and we are so excited to have her apart of the AOS Barrie family!

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Kimberly aka Kim danced all throughout high school as one of her high school courses. Kim was also in “Shrek the Musical” in grade 11 for her Theatre Production class and was casted as one of the dancers and had a major singing role as the Dragon. Kimberly started dancing with AOS in the Spring 2019 session. She came to one drop in class before the session started and she knew this was something she wanted to be apart of, so she registered for the session the next day. Kim absolutely believes what AOS is all about, women empowerment and improving self confidence. AOS has helped her so much with the way she perceives herself and her fitness. She loves how AOS has changed her life and the family she has become a part of. Kim is definitely an AOS lifer and is very grateful to be apart of the AOS Barrie team!

 

 

• 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 $285.00 plus taxes and fees for each 10-week program where you receive 2 hours/week of training, an all-cast rehearsal, and a session end performance.

    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!

    Please note: registration fees are non-refundable.

  • How much are the drop-in Sass classes?

    Drop-in pricing will vary by location; generally classes are $15-$30. Please contact the location leader for pricing information.

  • 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 generally cash only, payable when you arrive at the drop-in class; first-come, first-served. Contact a location near you for info!

    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 some AOS locations do charge taxes, where applicable.

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

    Some locations do, but not all. Please reach out to a location near you for info; 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?

    Payment plans may vary by location. Please use the online contact form below to speak with a location near you!

  • Can anyone take a class?

    EVERYONE who is willing to dance and be fabulous in heels is welcome in our classes! Army of Sass is open to anyone of legal age in their province/state, all abilities, and all genders.

  • 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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