Hello Maple Ridge !
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 winter, join 2000+ dancers across North America as we train together to present our sassy take on the dark side of the circus: "Sideshow".
• Spring 2019 session runs from March to June. Program & registration dates vary by location.
• Early bird registration for Spring Session opens on February 26.
• Regular registration for Spring Session opens on March 23.
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 •
Spring 2019 Session
10 weeks between April 15, 2019 and June 23, 2019
• Rates •
Full year • 3 sessionsAvailable 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 birdAvailable February 26 - March 22
• 2 hrs / week for 10 weeks
• 1 full cast rehearsal
Full session • RegularAvailable March 23 - May 3
• 2 hrs / week for 10 weeks
• 1 full cast rehearsal
Drop-inContact us for current rates
$15 to 30
• 1 hr class
• First come, first served
• Contact us for availability & payment options
• Shows •
AOS Tri-Cities, Surrey & Maple Ridge Present: SIDESHOW
Join 160 women from Army of Sass Tri-Cities, Surrey & Maple Ridge as they bring you our next production:
Come to the big top, get in touch with your freaky side, and enjoy our world-class acts! You may never want to leave…
3 shows to choose from going down on Saturday, March 23rd at Terry Fox Theatre:
1st Show: 4:00pm
2nd Show: 6:30pm
3rd Show: 9:00pm
*Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show and seating is first come, first serve.
*Please note we are unable to accommodate refunds or swap show times, so please make sure you are selecting the correct show.
• Spotlight •
REHEARSAL & SHOW DAY:
Registering or registered in our Spring 10 week session?
Please book off Friday, June 21st. You will need to be at our full cast rehearsal from 6pm onwards.
Show Day: SUNDAY, June 23rd (ALL day)
Book these dates off now!
• AOS Maple Ridge Team •
Commander-in-chief (CEO & Founder)
ARMY of SASS™
Commander-in-chief (CEO & Founder)
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!
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!”
ARMY of SASS™
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)
Shay has been teaching professionally for the past 13 years for numerous studios around the lower mainland. To say dance is her life is an understatement. Shay began her training at just 3 years old, and hasn’t looked back. Shay is well versed in all genres of dance from ballet to hip hop and everything in between, and of course, heels! With over 13 years of teaching experience and over 10 years in heels training, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Shay’s passion for dance transcends into her fun filled, unique classes. She has received numerous choreography awards for her pieces, and has had the honour of choreographing for some of B.C’s most talented dancers. Well versed in jazz, street jazz, lyrical, acro, tap, heels, and stage; her wide range of capability keeps her sought after in the industry.
Shay prides herself on always continuing to learn and grow and trains regularly at top facilities in Canada and the U.S.
She is currently a full time choreographer & instructor, and runs 5 AOS locations. Shay is so excited to be part of the Army of Sass family! Her goal is to motivate, inspire and empower women in her local communities!
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)
Valere Hart was born and raised in Trail, B.C. She started dancing when she was 3 and apparently wasn’t a big fan. However when the next season started she was begging to go back and fell in love with it. She trained competitively in jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, hip hop and contemporary until graduation. Upon her highschool graduation she taught for a brief period at Okanagan Dance Studio in Penticton before taking her first contract onboard Carnival Cruise Lines.
Valere was a dancer in the production shows onboard various Carnival Cruiseships from January 2004 until August 2011. After about four and a half years she took a break from ships to have an extroidinary adventure while traveling the world for 11 months. After her travels she returned to Carnival for almost two years; then felt it was time for a change. She taught various dance and exercise classes back in Trail for about one year before making the move to Vancouver to attend pastry school.
Valere attended the Art Institute and received her diploma in baking and pastry. Upon graduation she worked at River Rock Casino, in the pastry kitchen, for a year and a half. From River Rock she moved to Purdys Chocolatier and worked in the enrobing department for a year and a half. From there she took another career change and began working at her chiropractor’s office as a Chiropractic Assistant. She is now a C.A. and the office manager at Kilian Chiropractic.
Thankfully one of her coworkers, and friend, from Purdys invited her to attend a free Sass Class back in January and by the end of class she was saying “take my money, I need to do this!” and the rest is history. Valere is beyond excited to be joining Army of Sass; a group of exceptional people that support and empower each other all through dance. Let’s work it!
• 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)
• 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.
Questions or comments ? Contact us here !
Registration will be open on February 26, 2019 9:00 am EST