Hello Durham !

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 an original show!

• Program dates & registration fees vary by location.

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

All Skill Levels

Absolute Beginners to Beginner-Trained Dancers

Intermediate to Advanced in Heels Dance

Advanced to Professional in Jazz/Hip Hop/Heels Dance

• Classes •


There are no classes available.

• Rates •

Full year • 3 sessions

Available June 10 - October 17


• 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
* Available only at select locations

Full session • Early bird

Available August 1 - June 30


• 2 hrs / week for 10 weeks
• 1 full cast rehearsal
• Performance
*Available at select locations

Full session • Regular

Available August 1 - June 30


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


Contact us for current rates

$15 to 30

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

• Shows •


Draw back the curtains, it’s time to start the show! Does our Broadway Baby have what it takes to make it on the big stage? Join us as we journey through the hits, from classic showtunes to modern favorite’s and covers. Don’t miss your big break


Join Army of Sass Durham for our Fall 2020 Session.

What to expect:
10 weeks
1.5 hours per week
Learn fabulous choreography and perform in our own music video


Showtimes and ticket info will be available soon.

• Spotlight •


March 18, 2020

Dear Army of Sass Family,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce Army of Sass Durham’s temporary closure in response to the COVID-19 safety measures. As per the province/state of Ontario’s announcement on March 17, 2020 at 1pm stating All Canadians, as much as possible should stay home, our closure will take effect immediately and will be implemented until further notice. In this closure, rest assured that the health, safety, and well-being of our community is our top priority.

Know that we are working side-by-side with Army of Sass Headquarters on this evolving situation and that we will continue to provide information and updates as they come available. During this busy time, we ask for your patience as additional time may be required to respond to individual requests and questions. We encourage you to visit our website armyofsass.com/durham for the most up-to-date location news, including show & classes updates.

Current Students will continue to receive class info & updates by email; please check your spam folders/ promotion tabs for important updates.


Loren Moniz

Army of Sass Durham

Bachelorette and Birthday Celebrations


Have a special person you want to celebrate? Tired of  the same old dinner and drinks. Try something fun and memorable. Book a themed 1.5 hour of Sass party

THEMES AVAILABLE –  Cabaret (Moulin Rouge),  Choose a prop (Chair Dance). What is her favourite song? The possibilities are endless.

A HEELS dance class is a great way to start your festivities off, get everyone out of their shells and bring people closer together. Includes complimentary champagne and snacks.

Email durham@armyofsass.com to inquire.

• AOS Durham 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!”



Jennifer Long

General Manager (AOS International)


Jennifer Long
General Manager (AOS International)

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.



Loren Moniz

General (AOS Location Licensee)

Loren Moniz
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Loren Moniz

Loren Moniz was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.   She moved out to Durham Region to start a family. With 15 years of experience in the finance industry she has taken the step to bring Army of Sass to Durham.  A full time job and raising 4 boys has kept her busy but she has always  had the need for a creative outlet. Growing up she acted and directed in school and community plays. As an adult it was difficult to find the time and enthusiasm for that outlet.

Loren discovered AOS through a friend, which made her take he first class in 2017.  After immediately falling in love with the class, she decided that she had to bring this program to her community. AOS has given her a new found passion and confidence. Loren is excited to bring the Sass back to Durham.



Nicole Hanko

Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nicole Hanko
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nicole Hanko

Nicole was born and raised in Durham Region and trained at local dance studios since the age of ten. Nicole auditioned in grade eight to be a part of the Performing Arts Program at a local high school and was accepted. During high school Nicole assisted choreographing for the Oshawa Little Theater Youth Program and danced competitively across Canada. At 17 years old Nicole developed and facilitated a dance program for the Durham Region YMCA; gearing towards adults, children and youth. During College Nicole was Assistant Captain for a College/University dance team. In her 20’s Nicole started dancing professionally. For example, Nicole danced for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Argonauts, back up danced for many artists and was also on the roaster for multiple dance companies. Nicole previously joined Army of Sass Durham Region for one season and played the role of the Evil Queen. After stepping back from the dance industry for a few years to focus on her career Nicole realized something was missing in her life and realized it was her passion…dancing! Nicole then auditioned and got accepted into the Bad Ass Babes Intermediate Intensive Program; training in Jazz Funk, Heels and Hip-Hop.

Dance experience being put aside Nicole has graduated from Durham College with an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Work and a Degree in Criminology and Justice specializing in Youth, Crime and Justice. Besides dancing, working with youth is another strong passion of hers. Nicole is extremely excited to be bringing Army of Sass back to her home community and looks forward to what the future holds for Army of Sass Durham region!



Ali Campion

Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Ali Campion
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Ali Campion

A mild mannered elementary school teacher by day, Ali is excited to explore her sass and style with the Durham Army of Sass. Ali has been dancing for 25 years. She has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, and highland dance. As an adult she has begun aerial arts training with silks dance. She has taught students of all ages at studios in Peterborough, Bowmanville, and Port Hope, and has continued to stay up to date in the dance teaching world through attendance at the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo. Ali was an active member of her university and Peterborough community theatre programs. Her most recent theatrical endeavor was as the choreographer for the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Peterborough. While relatively new to heels dancing (other than busting a move with her friends) she is enjoying putting her training to use in a new style and building her confidence and sass. She cannot wait to get sassy and strong with you this fall!



• 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 the base pieces costume (getting your staple pieces: fishnets, thigh high socks, and bodysuit or dress). Each session may have different costume requirements; check with your location licensee on the exact costs for each show.

  • 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.

  • Questions or comments ? Contact us here !

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