Hello Langley !

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!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
• Program dates & registration fees vary by location.

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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Fall 2020 Session
10 weeks between September 16, 2020 and November 21, 2020


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WED • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesOpen Level Privates A

Sammy Shikaze
Thrive Dance Studio
Sold out
Contact us for waitlist 

FRI • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelSass Class

Nikita Lafreniere
Fusion Force Studio
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SAT • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesPrivates +

Sammy Shikaze
Thrive Dance Studio
Invitation only
Contact us for more info 
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SAT • 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesOpen Level Privates B

Laura Dalman
Thrive Dance Studio
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SAT • 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
AOS Program Level 2 CorporalsCorporals Prep

Heather McKerchar
Thrive Dance Studio
Sold out
Contact us for more info 

• 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
* Available only at select locations

Full session • Early bird

Available August 1 - June 30

$Various +tax


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

Full session • Regular

Available August 1 - June 30

$Various +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 •

No show info yet.

• Spotlight •

The Finale…

✨EVOLUTION ✨

It is with the utmost love and gratitude that we announce that this will be the last season of ARMY of SASS programming.

We know you may have some questions about this time of transition so AOS Headquarters has created a special FAQ page for you! Connect with AOS HQ at: armyofsass.com/thefinale or contact us directly at langley@armyofsass.com. Please know that from now until December, our AOS programming remains the same. We will continue to stay sassy in our 10-week registered program and our Friday night Sass Classes!

We look forward to celebrating and enjoying this final season of ARMY of SASS across the nation before AOS closes its doors on December 31st. Don’t worry, the story does not end here …

Our ARMY of SASS Langley community will evolve with the spirit of AOS in our own unique creative offerings for 2021 onward. More information on this new programming will be released December 1, 2020! AOS Licensee Nikita Lafreniere and the rest of the leadership team are excited to be bringing you new dance programming in the same dance community you know and love! Keep your eyes on our social media pages and website for more information on this programing coming to you December 1, 2020!

Until then, let’s enjoy this time together in our international Sass community! We thank you all for your energy and support in AOS Langley classes over the last 2 years and are looking forward to continuing to dance with you in our new venture in 2021. See you in class!

Sincerely,

Nikita Lafreniere
Licensee ARMY of SASS Langley
langley@armyofsass.com
armyofsass.com/langley
IG: @aoslangley

FAQ

Will you still have heels dance classes in Langley?
Yes! The heels classes that you know and love will continue. They won’t be called Sass Classes anymore, but their format will be similar and the welcoming vibe of class will still be the same!

Is the Leadership Team staying the same?
Our current instructors and assistants will still be in class leading and supporting you! With programming shifts and new offerings there may be team member shifts, but the team members you know and love will be with us in 2021!

I bought a Sass Pass. Is it still valid in 2021?
Yes! Your Sass Pass will remain valid on all drop-in dance classes offered in our new programming through June 30, 2021.

I pushed my 10-week registered session payment to the Winter Session. Will there still be a Winter session?
Yes! We will have a heels progressive program during the Winter months of 2021. More details to come December 1, 2020!

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at langley@armyofsass.com ❤️

ARMY of SASS Langley: COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

In accordance with Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan and WorkSafeBC’s recommended guidelines, ARMY of SASS Langley will be resuming in-person drop in and progressive dance classes as of July 29, 2020.

Your health and safety is our first priority and we are committed to following the safety measures laid out by the provincial health officer, WorkSafeBC, and the Ministry of Health. In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, the following policies will be implemented:

  • Clients must pre-register for class on the “Hustle & Flow Creations Inc.” Square Site website. We are not accepting cash at this time.

  • We will be disinfecting our studio space between every class.

  • Signs have been placed at businesses entrances notifying clients that they must not enter if they have symptoms of COVID-19, to be aware of the two-metre physical distancing requirements, and enhanced sanitation procedures.

  • Clients must wear a face mask into the studio but may remove it once class begins.

  • Clients will be screened upon entry via a questionnaire to determine if they have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

  • Stickers/Indicators have been placed throughout the facility to enforce physical distancing.

  • All patrons must remain 2 metres apart at all times. Class capacity has been limited to 15 dancers. Designated safe dance areas have been labeled ensuring 2-metre physical distancing at all times.

  • Upon entry to the studio, clients will check-in with our staff and be screened for any symptoms of COVID-19 and then enter the studio when appropriate to do so. A staff member will regulate the flow of students into the studio to ensure patrons are remaining 2 metres apart.

  • Once class ends, clients will leave through the designated exit door. In between each class, there will be a 15-minute break for crossover and disinfecting the facility.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided and increased levels of sanitization will be in effect.

  • Change rooms will be temporarily closed. Please bring only water and one small bag to reduce the amount of personal items within the studio.

 

We will also be recording and streaming our Fall 2020 Registered Progressive Programming (LEGENDS themed 10 week session) classes live if you can’t attend in person. All clients MUST stay home if they are feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. Please let us know if you will be staying home and we will provide you with the link to the private streaming of class. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time.

 

Fall 2020

Mark your calendars! Registration for our Fall 2020 in-studio session opens on August 5 at 9:00 AM! This 10 week program includes 2 hours of dance class per week, one hour dedicated to dance foundations and learning a fun weekly combo and another hour learning choreography to perform in a LEGENDS themed concept video!⁠⠀
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LEGENDS: In this original AOS production, we explore and celebrate some of the most legendary artists and their works and pay tribute to them the best way we know how: DANCE!⁠⠀

Your safety is our number one priority (keeping you sassy, sweaty, and smiling is a close second!) and while we are so excited to offer these classes in-studio, we know that nobody can predict what may happen in the Fall. We have reduced our class sizes and increased our studio space to allow for social dis-dancing in-studio and will be in person so long as we are able to be! Though our 10 week session does include a Sass Class portion in the 2 hours per week, it will be closed to the public to reduce contacts and increase personalized learning for those in the group! We will have an open drop in Sass Class Friday nights for those wanting to try it out, bring a friend, or if you’re wanting to dance with someone who’s in a different class than you.

• AOS Langley 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 (AOS International)


ARMY of SASS™

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.

 

 

Nikita Lafreniere


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Nikita Lafreniere
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Nikita Lafreniere

Growing up in Langley, BC, Nikita Lafreniere always had a passion for entertainment. Whether it was crafting dance performances in her parents’ living room or singing in the school talent show, she knew that performing was her calling. Nikita began dancing at the age of 10 and has since accumulated18 years’ experience in hip hop, lyrical, tap, musical theater, and heels dance styles.

Combining her passion for teaching, dancing, and her desire to lift people up and create a world of support, encouragement, and love, Nikita helps youth and adults alike gain confidence and strength through movement.

 

 

Sammy Shikaze


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sammy Shikaze
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sammy Shikaze

A natural born performer, Sammy Shikaze joined Army of Sass as a dancer in 2015 with very little dance experience. Within two years (and with hard work, determination, and a positive slay-the-game attitude), Sammy worked her way up to become an assistant, Sergeant of Sass, and now General of Sass!

Sammy brings an unique vision to the program by drawing inspiration from her eclectic performance background; which ranges from acting and musical theatre, to traditional Japanese taiko drumming, to over a decade of competitive figure skating. She is beyond excited to give back to the amazing program and community that gave her so much, and help lift up other women the same way. 

 

 

Heather McKerchar


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Heather McKerchar
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Heather McKerchar

Heather McKerchar is a dancer and circus aerialist passionate for creating equal opportunity for self-expression and authentic living. Her love for burlesque and empowerment found a home with The Army of Sass community as a master instructor for the past 10 years. Her personal journey with confidence and self-love is a reflection of her as a leader. Helping her students find their inner voice is what ignites her as a teacher.

Heather’s intention as an artist is to strengthen the community encouraging individuality and the courage to be yourself.

 

 

Laura Dalman


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Laura Dalman
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Laura Dalman

Profile is coming soon.

 

 

Danica Wallace


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Danica Wallace
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Danica Wallace

Growing up Danica always wanted to be a dancer performing onstage in bright colourful costumes. From the age of 3 she joined ballet class in a small town studio and loved it. Eventually taking jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop classes all throughout the lower mainland, Vancouver and then NYC and Las Vegas. She has been with AOS since 2014 as a dancer, in 2019 became an assistant, and now is moving into the teaching world as a Sergeant of Sass for ARMY of SASS Langley. She couldn’t be more excited to share her knowledge and positive outlook with her students!

 

 

• 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.

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