Hello Montreal !

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 a LIVE, original show!

REGISTRATION DATES
• Fall 2019 session runs from September to December. Program & registration dates vary by location.
• Early bird registration for Fall Session opens on June 20th.
• Regular registration for Fall Session opens on July 5th.

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

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• 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

Full session • Early bird

Available June 20 - July 4

$260 +tax


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

Full session • Regular

Available July 5 - October 12

$285 +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

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• AOS Montreal 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


ARMY of SASS™

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.

 

 

Giulia Tripoli


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Giulia Tripoli
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Giulia Tripoli

Bio:

Internationally recognized as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, Giulia Tripoli is known for her talent, inspirational routines, and incredible passion.

She has performed, choreographed and led workshops around the world, from Beijing and Macau to Las Vegas and Toronto. She has shared screen and stage with artists like Ke$ha, Mishon, TRiSH, Jully Black and Skye Sweetnam, appeared in the feature film ‘Sur Le Rythme’, starred in the commercial for Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2016 and is currently choreographing for acclaimed artist Lukay.

In 2011, Giulia refocused her career, dedicating herself not only to her own development but to the development of the Montreal dance community. In creating Tripoli Studios Inc. and the Tripoli Studios Agency, Giulia has been adding to her production resume while sharing her vast experience and passion with a new generation of dancers.

With her growing and impressive resume, it is not surprising that Giulia has started being recognized as a respected judge at premiere dance competitions such as 5-6-7-8 Showtime and Move With The Beat.

 

 

Rani Dubé


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rani Dubé
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rani Dubé

Rani has been dancing for over 20 years and has experience in various styles including Videostyle, Hip-Hop, Heels, Jazz Ballet / Lyrical Jazz and Contemporary, as well as being a professional Cheerleader for the Montreal Alouettes. She had nearly 8 years of competition experience in various styles before diving into the professional/teaching world. She started her heels training in 2012 in Toronto, where she goes several times a year since, as well as being part of the Montreal Heels collective ELEVATE (professional performance troupe).

She performs as a dancer in many shows, videoclips and promotional events; most often as a dancer for Samantha Fox, the opening act for Daddy Yankee, Latin Canadian Awards, World Gymnastics Championships, Hit The Floor Showcase, Famous Live Band, Sync Production, Global Events, Toronto Babes Squad, Hotel W, RDS as well as for several Montreal artists including La famille Ouellette, Carli, Drag Queens Manny Cortez and Tynomi Banks, Walex Cotete, Lou Phelps, Angee Wings, Missy BK and Landy Garcia. She also takes part in several events such as Pride Montreal, Fighter Supreme, Articien, Fiesta Olympica, Global News Morning, Nixmotion, Bachata Invasion, Sokoloff Launch, Dancing for Life, Just for Laughs Festival, St-Gabriel Beach Club, launch from the movie Dance in the Streets, etc. Finally, she is a choreographer for the animated feature film Fireheart (Main Journey Productions), the Club La Voûte, for the opening act of the Dead Obies show, weddings, many music videos and shows by Montreal artists in addition to producing / conceptualizing / choreographing several dance concept videos.

It is an honor for her to be able to share her passion during workshops in various schools (Tripoli Studios, Louise-Lapierre Dance, IDANCE, Scream Dance Academy, Dance Amotion, CDA Arts, Studio Montreal-Paris, Dimension Dance School , Studio KF).
Through her teaching, she favors an approach based on a mixture of technique, development of learning ability and the promotion of self-confidence.

 

 

Brianna Martorana


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Brianna Martorana
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Profile is coming soon.

 

 

Gabby Skalak


Office Admin / Assistant

Gabby Skalak
Office Admin / Assistant

Gabby Skalak

Gabby started dancing in 2010. 3 years later, she held my first class and has been teaching ever since. Her training was focused in contemporary, jazz, heels and various branches of hip hop (fusion, popping, waacking). The knowledge she’s gained from having studied all these styles are what allowed her to create her own “gooey and fluid” movement style, as many call it.

She’s been blessed with many eye-opening training, teaching, performing and choreographing opportunities in the past couple of years. She teaches various workshops and holds a weekly drop in class at Tripoli Studios Inc. Following a weeklong summit with Army of Sass in Las Vegas, she’s helped with bringing the heels program to Montreal and is the assistant for Army of Sass Montreal. She is also an active member of Corpus Collective, a contemporary dance group.

Her performance roster includes anything from corporate events, to fundraisers (such as We Day and Born To Rise) and festivals (Just For Laughs Montreal). She’s also performed at showcases that allowed her to travel: Reprezent, The Industry Toronto, Hit The Floor Toronto and, her latest career highlight, Articien, just to name a few. She strongly believes in supporting local art and showcasing Montreal’s colourful music scene and loves working with artists. Her dance skills have been borrowed by Liz Labelle, Lukay, Sara Diamond, Paul Lizzi, Tyson Venegas and Ian Lee, most of whom she’s had a continued work relationship with.

Gabby is not only a passionate dancer, she is also a talented designer. She graduated Concordia University and has a Bachelors degree in Design Art. She works as a graphic designer and designs costumes and props for the Army of Sass Montreal shows and the Tripoli Studios Agency shows.

Gabby strongly believes that “as a dancer, choreographer and artist, the most valuable part of being a dancer is authenticity. Your movement is your voice and your means to telling a story. That in its own is powerful and I never take that power for granted. I value honesty and being my true self while I create and move. I make time to create concept videos whenever inspiration strikes and when I have a story, opinion or feeling I want to express. Body talk is my language and I’ve grown into a fond admirer of movement. I strive to translate that love with every move I make.”

 

 

Michelle Saghbini


Office Admin / Assistant

Michelle Saghbini
Office Admin / Assistant

Michelle Saghbini

Michelle has always been an open activist of self-confidence and self-empowerment. Dance and fashion have always been her outlets to attaining a level of creative expression that is the biggest actor in building her self-assurance. The dance styles she has trained in are classical ballet, jazz funk, contemporary, urban choreography, hip hop and heels. Being a fashion student while dancing almost every day of the week, it was important for her to make a connection between the two spheres and start costume making.  

Michelle has performed in many musicals such as Grease, Footloose and High School Musical for local entertainment events. She has worked in a dance camp as a hiphop instructor at l’École de danse Claude-Pilon. She has also performed in regional competitions such as Reprezent, iDance and Hit the Floor. As of 2018, she’s been a part of the E3 agency at Tripoli Studios. As for fashion, she’s been an active stylist on set for many shoots for local artists. She has worked as a personal shopper for a few years before starting to design and sew her own clothes. She won a price for most creative in her department, which as lead to exposing her projects for open houses events at Cégep Marie-Victorin. As of 2018, she’s been working behind the scenes as the costume designer for Army of Sass Montreal. 

Michelle’s purpose has a costume maker for showcases is to help dancers get in character and feel more confident during their performances by customizing a look that suits them the best. Even if the dancers wear the costumes and shouldn’t let the costumes wear them, it’s inevitable that a good look can be a game changer for one’s self-confidence and that’s her goal throughout this entire experience. 

 

 

Jacqueline Trudel


Office Admin / Assistant

Jacqueline Trudel
Office Admin / Assistant

Profile is 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 $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 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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