Hello London !

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 fall just got a whole lot SASSIER!

Fall Session Registration begins June 11! Join 1000+ dancers across North America as we train together to present our sassy take on the Halloween/Christmas crossover classic, "Nightmare"!

• Fall 2018 session runs September to December; program & registration dates vary by location.
• Early bird registration opens on June 11
• Regular registration opens on September 1

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 •


Fall 2018 Session
10 weeks between September 9, 2018 and December 9, 2018

TUE • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelDrop In Sass Class – Open Level

Sarah Lawrence & Jacquie Lau
430 Waterloo Street, London ON, Movement Studio
September 11, 2018


TUE • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
AOS Program Open LevelAOS Program – Open Level

Sarah Lawrence & Jacquie Lau
430 Waterloo Street, London ON, Movement Studio

WED • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 BeginnerDrop In Sass Class – Level 1 Beginner Heels

Sarah Ellen & Heather Gauthier
430 Waterloo Street, London ON, Movement Studio
September 12, 2018


WED • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesAOS Program – Level 1 Privates

Sarah Ellen & Heather Gauthier
430 Waterloo Street, London ON, Movement Studio

SUN • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AOS Program Level 3 LieutenantsAOS Program – Advanced

Sarah Ellen
430 Waterloo Street, London ON, Movement Studio
Audition/placement required

SUN • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 2 IntermediateDrop In Sass Class – Level 2 Intermediate

Sarah Ellen & Jasmine Stapleford
430 Waterloo Street, London ON, Movement Studio
September 9, 2018


SUN • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AOS Program Level 3 LieutenantsAOS Program – Intermediate

Sarah Ellen & Jasmine Stapleford
430 Waterloo Street, London ON, Movement Studio
Invitation only

• 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, starting in Fall term

Full session • Early bird

Available June 11 - August 31


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

Full session • Regular

Available September 1 - October 17


• 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 •


A sassy & mature twist on a classic story, Nightmare Before Christmas.

Stay tuned for ALL show dates (more to come) & ticket details!


Doors 7:30 pm • Show 9:00 pm

Sat • December 8

$20 in advance • $25 at the door

Tickets will be available soon.

Contact us for tickets

• Spotlight •


Join us as we kick off our Summer Of Sass on Wednesday July 4th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, $20 CASH, running EVERY Wednesday until August 8th!!!

We have a very exciting line up of AOS Teachers & Assistants to give you a variety of spice all month long!!!

Wednesday July 4th: Sarah Ellen (Teacher & AOS London Owner) & Jacquie Lau

Wednesday July 11th: Sarah Lawrence & Heather Gauthier

Wednesday July 18th: Sarah Ellen (Teacher & AOS London Owner) & Sarah Lawrence

Wednesday July 25th: Sarah Ellen & Christie Hansen-Murray

Wednesday August 1st: Jasmine Stapleford & Sara Alexandra

How do you register? JUST SHOW UP!!!

Location: 430 Waterloo Street, London ON, “Movement Studio”

Any further questions please contact: london@armyofsass.com




We offer a Heels level for EVERYONE!

Here is what we have for you in 2018:

Tuesday – Advanced Beginner – DROP IN 7:30 – 8:30 PM with Sarah Lawrence & Jacquie Lau

Wednesday – Basic Beginner – DROP IN 7:30 – 8:30 PM with Sarah Ellen & Heather Gauthier

Sunday – Intermediate – DROP IN 1:00 – 2:00 PM with Sarah Ellen & Jasmine Stapleford

$15 CASH



Private, Semi-Private Heels Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn how to dance in Heels, or feel like you need or want more one on one attention? Looking for a private lesson in the sassy Heels style? Want to bring a friend(s) and get a semi-private lesson from our fierce Heels instructor?

OR are you a BRIDE or GROOM TO BE and want to perform on your BIG DAY, or have your wedding party do a choreographed dance with you?!

Well now you can!!!

In these lessons we go through heel drills, struts and you can learn a fun piece of choreography to a song of your choice.

Simply contact london@armyofsass.com for all private lesson information and pricing!!!


Have a special woman you need to book a celebration for? Why not try something different…

THEMES AVAILABLE – does she like pin-up, cabaret (Moulin Rouge), country (Spurlesque), slow & sultry? Does she have a favourite song? Let it be ALL ABOUT HER!

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 london@armyofsass.com to inquire. Private and corporate bookings also available.

• AOS London 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.



Sarah Ellen

General (AOS Location Licensee)

Sarah Ellen
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Sarah Ellen

Miss Sarah Ellen is your London commander in chief, not only is she the Licensee Boss Lady but also the head Dance Teacher and Director as well. She started dancing at the young age of 3 and carried on her passion throughout her later years into High School. Due to her School being heavily focused on the Arts, Sarah was able to practice and continue her growth throughout the day and would then attend a Performance Arts Studio in the evening. Eventually her addiction to movement became a determination that she would make a career out of dance, and auditioned for the Performance Dance program at York University, and was accepted. After 4 years of classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, salsa, jazz and improvisation training, she graduated with a BFA Degree. Throughout her years at York, Sarah realized that her true passion and aspiration was teaching and inspiring others within the studio walls, in hopes to project that mentality into their everyday lives, and to find happiness while dancing. The Army Of Sass has been apart of her life for 7 years and counting, she has had many performance & choreographic opportunities through AOS and has had immense development as a dancer and a woman while being apart of this empowering group.



Sarah Lawrence

Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sarah Lawrence
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Coming Soon…



Heather Gauthier

Office Admin / Assistant

Heather Gauthier
Office Admin / Assistant

Heather Gauthier

Miss Heather has started with AOS as an assistant, with goals to become a Sergeant of Sass in the near future and lead a class of her own. She has always loved to dance and started Jazz training at a young age many years ago at Dance London, evolving her passion with movement to Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. As she entered into her adulthood Heather fell in love with Bootybarre, Pole Fitness and now Heels with Army Of Sass. Her excitement about being apart of Londons first ever Heels Training Group is contagious and she loves surrounding herself with the positive and empowering humans that AOS attracts. Her sparkle, sass and smile could fill a room and she truly embodies what Army Of Sass is all about.



Jacquie Lau

Office Admin / Assistant

Jacquie Lau
Office Admin / Assistant

Jacquie Lau

Profile is coming soon.



Jasmine Stapleford

Office Admin / Assistant

Jasmine Stapleford
Office Admin / Assistant

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!

    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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