Hello Guelph !

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 winter just got a whole lot SASSIER!

This winter, join 2000+ dancers across North America as we train together to present our sassy take on the dark side of the circus: "Sideshow".

• Winter 2019 session runs from January to March. Program & registration dates vary by location.
• Early bird registration for Winter Session opens on November 14
• Regular registration for Winter Session opens on January 3.

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 •


WINTER 2019 Session
10 weeks between January 7, 2019 and March 30, 2019

MON • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 BeginnerBeginner Drop-in

Guest Instructors
Pinup Playground Studio
January 7, 2019


MON • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesPrivates – Beginners

Guest Instructors
Pinup Playground Studio

• Rates •

Full year • 3 sessions

Available June 10 - October 17

$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 November 14 - January 2

$250 +tax

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

Full session • Regular

Available January 3 - February 8

$275 +tax

• 2 hrs / week for 10 weeks
• 1 extra 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 •


It’s our sassy take on a Halloween/Christmas crossover classic! Join us as Jax the Pumpkin Queen and our quirky cast discover the true meaning of holiday spirit, with an AOS twist of course.

Matinee 3pm              Evening 8pm- Bar open to purchase drinks

Doors 2:00 pm • Show 3:00 pm

Sat • December 8
Guelph Little Theatre

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

Tickets will be available Oct 9/18. Cash only at the door. ***All ages restriction: 13years old and up

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Doors 6:30 pm • Show 8:00 pm

Sat • December 8
Guelph Concert Theatre

$20 in advance • $25 at the door

Tickets will be available Oct 9/18. Cash only at the door.

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• Spotlight •


• AOS Guelph 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


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.




General (AOS Location Licensee)

General (AOS Location Licensee)


Even though Meg was a late bloomer entering the world of dance, that didn’t stop her from diving head first and learning all she could.

With a dance training spanning from traditional ballet/tap/jazz, ballroom, belly dance, latin, burlesque, Hawaiian, jive, breakdance, hip hop, pole dance and aerials, there is rarely a dance form Meg hasn’t tried.

Meg has performed and/or competed in; Le Coquette as Dante’s Inferno, belly dance for Invoketress and Tsaigne, salsa for Latin Energy and Flying Dance, ballroom dance, music videos, as an Argos cheerleader and of course, Army of Sass in the original group created by Carla Catherwood in 2010. As a teacher she taught for Flying Dance in Guelph in cabaret and bellydance as well as for the Wellington school board in General Dance.

Dancing is clearly in her genes as her grandmother was a dance teacher herself and a principal dancer for the opening of the Royal York Hotel. And just like her grandmother, she will never stop dancing no matter how old she gets. Meg believes you are never too late to start and anyone can learn to dance, even with two left feet.

Previous licensee for AOS Etobicoke, current license for AOS Guelph and co-licencee for AOS Peel




Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sergeant (AOS Teacher)


Matthew Ferriss is a 24 year old Kitchener native who now resides in Toronto. Matthew was
born into a very creative family where his passion for performance was inspired and nurtured.
He grew up singing, acting and dancing at his local church. In his teen years he trained as a
competitive dancer with Dance Adventure, attended Bluevale Collegiate Institutes performance
arts program, and performed in community theatre. In 2014, Matthew moved to Toronto to
attend Toronto Film School to study acting. In 2017, Matthew started a double major program in
English and Drama studies at York University and plans to get his Bachelor's of Education next.
January 2018, attempting to get in better shape and reconnect with his love of dance, Matthew
started taking Army of Sass drop in classes in Toronto. He fell in love with the confidence he felt
in class but also the spirit of inclusion and love that is unique to Army of Sass. Although
Matthew just started in heels this year, his prior dance training has helped him advanced
rapidly. Matthew is beyond excited to bring his passion for dance, choreography skills and
leadership to Army of Sass Guelph and is a firm believer that Army of Sass teaches so much
more than just heels dancing. Come for the class, stay for the community.



Guest Instructors

Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Guest Instructors
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Profile is coming soon.




Office Admin / Assistant

Office Admin / Assistant


Vanessa Laidley was born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador. Vanessa started dancing at the age of 5 and has been in love with it ever since. She is a new resident to the Guelph area and knew she had to be apart of this program as soon as she saw it!! Vanessa believes in growing her experience in as many dance styles as she can.

Vanessa is so excited to be apart of the AOS Guelph Team. She is the current Head Assistant/Admin Assistant. She was also in the last two Guelph shows as a Corporals dancer. She can’t wait to learn from all of the members on the team and the dancers in the program!!




Office Admin / Assistant

Office Admin / Assistant


As the self proclaimed “Oreo Cookie” flavor of the bunch, Ariel Amber brings both light and dark sides of her authentic personality to the dance floor.
Recently discovering her genuine love for dance, Ariel now looks forward to expanding her dance training by developing skills in as many dance forms as she can.
Ariel Amber has performed in The Army of Sass Presents: Queen Bey Show in Guelph and can often be found modeling mesmerizing hair colour by Valentini Hair Design during their traveling education seminars in Guelph, Toronto and Niagara Falls.

“Being a team member means I get to encourage positive thinking and feeling to a group of empowered and empowering people who I see doing good things all over our community. Dancing with them is an absolute bonus for me. 💕”Ariel




Office Admin / Assistant

Office Admin / Assistant

Sapphyre Poison is  a beauty queen who originated in Hamilton and now resides in Guelph. A graphic designer and visual artist by day and a Femme Fatale Genderfuck by night, Sapphyre has been performing all over southern Ontario and is a regular to the travelling drag/burlesque troupe That’s My Drag! In just over three years she has won three titles,  including Miss Hamilton Pride, Miss Guelph Pride, and Entertainer of the Year in Hamilton, as well as placing second in Miss Crews and Tangos 2017.  Sapphyre delivers sex and body, and a touch of psychotic, while combining elements of drag and classic burlesque in an intoxicating cocktail that will leave wanting more. This Deadly seductress aims to enchant you, thrill you, and lead you to your doom.

“I’m excited to be an AOS team member because I love the empowerment and body positivity exuded by the team. I’m excited to learn and grow as both a dancer and a person.” – Sapphyre



• 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!

    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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