Hello Newmarket !

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 DATES
• Spring 2019 session runs from April to June. Program & registration dates vary by location.
• Early bird registration for Spring Session opens on February 24.
• Regular registration for Winter Session opens on March 10.

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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Virtual Classes Session
10 weeks between April 2, 2020 and June 30, 2020


MON • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Privates (Beginner)ignore the day/time – this class is anytime // SASS FUNDAMENTALS WITH BRITTANY BRIE D’AMICO – $5

Brittany Brie
Virtual
Register

MON • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Open Levelignore the day/time – this class is anytime // OPEN LEVEL SASS CLASS WITH SAM VARONA – $10

Sam Varona
Virtual
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MON • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Open Levelignore the day/time – this class is anytime // OPEN LEVEL CONTEMPORARY CLASS WITH SHANNON O’CONNOR – $5

Shannon O’Connor
Virtual
Register

MON • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Privates (Beginner)ignore the day/time – this class is anytime // INTERMEDIATE BEGINNER SASS CLASS WITH VANESSA LYN – $10

Vanessa Lyn
Virtual
Register

MON • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Privates (Beginner)ignore the day/time – this class is anytime // ADVANCED BEGINNER SASS CLASS WITH BRITTANY BRIE D’AMICO – $10

Brittany Brie
Virtual
Register

MON • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Open Levelignore the day/time – this class is anytime // OPEN LEVEL HIP HOP CLASS WITH VANESSA LYN – $10

Vanessa Lyn
Virtual
Register

MON • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Privates (Beginner)ignore the day/time – this class is anytime // INTERMEDIATE BEGINNER SASS CLASS WITH SHANNON O’CONNOR – $10

Brittany Brie
Virtual
Register

MON • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Corporals (Level 2)ignore the day/time – this class is anytime // CORPORALS PREP CONDITIONING CLASS WITH SAM VARONA – $10

Sam Varona
Virtual
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TUE • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AOS Online Program Level 2 CorporalsADVANCED/CORPORALS LEVEL MONTH OF JUNE 4-WEEK SERIES – $30

Sam Varona
Virtual
Register

THU • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AOS Online Program Level 1 PrivatesINTERMEDIATE LEVEL MONTH OF JUNE 4-WEEK SASS SERIES – $30

Shannon O’Connor
Virtual
Register

SUN • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelJune 7th – 28th // SASSY SUNDAY WORKSHOPS BUNDLE (PROPS, HIP HOP + CONTEMPORARY) – $30

Various Instructors
Virtual
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SUN • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelJune 7th // SASSY SUNDAY HAT PROP WORKSHOP – $10

Vanessa Lyn
Virtual
Register

SUN • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelJune 21ST // SASSY SUNDAY T-SHIRT PROP WORKSHOP – $10

Brittany Brie
Virtual
Register

SUN • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelJune 28th // SASSY SUNDAY CONTEMPORARY WORKSHOP – $10

Shannon O’Connor
Virtual
Register

SUN • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Online Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelJune 14th // SASSY SUNDAY HIP HOP WORKSHOP – $10

Sam Varona
Virtual
Register

• 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 February 24 - March 9

$260 +tax


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

Full session • Regular

Available March 10 - May 1

$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

• Shows •

No show info yet.

• Spotlight •

SHOP WINTER 2020 LIMITED EDITION APPAREL

Support Army of Sass Newmarket by purchasing the last of our inventory of merchandise. Select items and sizes available here.

BOOK A PRIVATE VIRTUAL SESSION: ONE-ON-ONE OR SMALL GROUPS

Do you have a friend who would love to learn or develop their sass technique alongside you?

Maybe you want to get a group of you and 5 or less of your friends together at a time that works best for you (pending instructor availability) – you can even request your own combo song!

30 MINUTE SESSION – $30
CHOOSE BETWEEN:
– TECHNIQUE
– TRAINING
– DANCE WORKOUT
– CHOREOGRAPHY CLASS (BUT SHOW UP WARM AND STRETCHED)

60 MINUTE SESSION – $60
WARM-UP, WORKOUT, DRILLS, CHOREOGRAPHY INCLUDED

INSTRUCTORS INCLUDE:
VANESSA (Heels, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Jazz Funk)
SAM (Heels, Hip-Hop, Heels, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Modern, Ballet, Basic Rhythm & Movement; Dynamics or Floor work)
SHANNON (Heels, Contemporary, Improv)
BRITTANY BRIE (Heels)

REQUEST BY INSTRUCTOR:

VANESSA LYN (30 MINUTE SESSION)
VANESSA LYN (60 MINUTE SESSION)

SAM VARONA (30 MINUTE SESSION)
SAM VARONA (60 MINUTE SESSION)

BRITTANY BRIE D’AMICO (60 MINUTE SESSION)

SHANNON O’CONNOR (30 MINUTE SESSION)
SHANNON O’CONNOR (60 MINUTE SESSION)

Purchase a Sass Class Pass

Can’t commit to the show but can’t get enough SASS? In addition to paying as you go, $15 per class – we also offer 5 class passes for $60 (5 classes for the price of 4) or unlimited for a prorated amount each week. Valid for session term only at purchase location. Dates and links to come.

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF SASS!

CONFIDENCE & COMMUNITY! We can’t think of a better gift to give anyone…Army of Sass is much more than dance classes. Our program empowers women to step out of their comfort zones, get in better shape, learn something new and most importantly – feel fabulous.

Contact us today if you wish to purchase a physical gift certificate for that special lady in your life. Any demonination. Can be applied to drop-in classes, sass passes or 10-week sessions.

Purchase online

FINDING YOUR PLACE WITH AOS

At Army of Sass, there’s no good dancer left behind. There is no previous dance experience required. We are all equal and support one another but we do want you to be challenged and most of all, have FUN which is why we have levels!

Here is a guideline for what that means:

PRIVATES – BEGINNER LEVEL is for those who are still mastering the AOS and heels style or who have no dance or recent dance experience. This includes counting, attention to detail and retaining choreography quickly.

PRIVATES – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL is for those who have completed an AOS session and/or can demonstrate that they have mastered all of the standard drills and moves in the syllabus. Strong freestyle skills and spatial awareness.

PRIVATES – ADVANCED LEVEL is  for those who are experienced dancing with AOS and in heels, have several years of recent dance training in any style. Must be quick with choreography retention, have strong freestyle and performance skills and spatial awareness.

PRIVATES – CORPORALS PREP/ADVANCED LEVEL is for those who are experienced dancing with AOS and in heels, have several years of recent dance training in any style. Must be able to work on refining pirouettes; kicks and splits, be quick with choreography retention, have strong freestyle and performance skills and spatial awareness. Stilettos are encouraged for this level.

BOOK A BACHELORETTE OR BIRTHDAY PARTY!

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), rock n’ roll? 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 newmarket@armyofsass.com to inquire. Private and corporate bookings also available.

 

• AOS Newmarket 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.

 

 

Jennifer Arbour


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Jennifer Arbour
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Jennifer Arbour

Jennifer Arbour is a graphic designer, digital producer, overall creator and active member of the fitness community. She holds a Bachelor of Design degree from York University/Sheridan College where she also got her start as a fitness instructor. During her time there, she received numerous awards including a Fitness and Lifestyle Participants Choice Award from Recreation York.

Though she is no longer teaching, she is in a leadership role and is very much involved in the classes at Army of Sass Newmarket.

She began training with AOS in 2015 and fell in love with heels dance – something that she had been longing for since her early days of ballet, jazz and modern. Now she’s looking to inspire other women to do the same because it is so much fun!

 

 

Brittany Brie


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Brittany Brie
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Brittany Brie

Brittany Brie’s experience, passion for movement and love of helping others – particularly women, make her a great asset to Army of Sass.  She was involved with AOS long before it was what it is today! As a graduate of York University’s Dance program and certified Pilates instructor, Brittany Brie has developed classes that inspire, challenge and motivate.

 

 

Sam Varona


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sam Varona
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sam Varona

Samantha has been dancing since the age of five and has been trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet (R.Soc.), Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern (Graham), Improvisation, Street Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop and Stiletto Heels. She has trained at some of the most prestigious schools in Toronto, New York and LA. Her extensive dance background is evident in her movement which is not only unique but challenging as well. Samantha is always looking to spread her love of dance and to have fun while doing it!

 

 

Shannon O’Connor


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Shannon O’Connor
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Shannon O’Connor

Shannon graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and completed her Therapeutic Recreation certification with honours from Georgian College. She gets to work with seniors every day and absolutely loves her job! She’s been with AOS Newmarket since the Spring of 2016 and cherishes the confidence, support, love and challenge that it brings to her life. She hopes to continue to find that fire inside herself and to push past her comfort zone and grow not only as a dancer but as a teacher as well.

 

 

Stéfanie Théroux


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Stéfanie Théroux
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Stéfanie Théroux

Stéfanie’s love for dance was instant when she grew up dancing competitively in Ottawa. Her training led her to Toronto where she completed her Bachelors degree in Dance at York University. During her time at York, Stéfanie was a member of the York Dance Ensemble where she had the opportunity to work with many world renowned choreographers. After graduation, her love of dance led her to teaching kids and adults alike at many studios throughout the GTA. Most recently, Stéfanie added “heels” to her repertoire when she found Army of Sass Newmarket in 2016. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the AOS team and looks forward to sharing her passion with others.

 

 

Vanessa Lyn


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Vanessa Lyn
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Vanessa Lyn
Vanessa began dancing at the age of 3 and has since been trained in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and ballet. Vanessa brought her passion for dance to her high school, where she began and taught a hip hop dance crew for students. She was honoured to be apart of their journey in becoming confident dancers and was devastated when she had to walk away from dance to attend university. After recently graduating from the University of Guelph-Humber with a degree & diploma in Business Marketing, Vanessa stumbled upon Army of Sass on Instagram. After taking her first heels class in 2017, she was hooked. Not only was she able to bring dance back into her life, Vanessa fell in love with the inclusivity and empowerment of the group, and how the motto “no good dancer left behind” is evidently carried out through in every class, rehearsal, show, and group outing. Vanessa hopes to share her free-spirited and passionate personality with every dancer who comes to Army of Sass.

 

 

Erin McKinlay


Office Admin / Assistant

Erin McKinlay
Office Admin / Assistant

Erin McKinlay

Erin is a mental health child and youth worker with a diploma from Fanshawe college. She’s been involved with AOS Newmarket since February of 2017 when she started taking drop-in classes. After seeing our Snow White show, she knew she had to sign-up for DIVAS! What she loves most about it is the community of empowered women it has introduced her to and that it is such a warm, positive, encouraging environment she feels that every woman should experience. As a team member she hopes to pass this experience on to our new recruits. Stay tuned for an assistant takeover class with Erin in the near future. She’s eager to showcase her teaching abilities and choreography.

 

 

Leanne Di Pucchio


Office Admin / Assistant

Leanne Di Pucchio
Office Admin / Assistant

Leanne Di Pucchio

Leanne grew up in the world of competitive figure skating and is an avid sports lover. Injuries fuelled her interest in athletic therapy as she pursued her degree in Kinesiology. She holds several Coaching and Training Certificates focusing on Injury Prevention, Sport Specific and Youth Training.

Leanne has an undeniable love for music, performance and alternative fitness environments which lead her to disciplines such as cheerleading, kickboxing, snowboarding, pole fitness and Army Of Sass, among others.

She found AOS in 2018 and instantly fell in love with its signature heels style. The positive, inclusive space, camaraderie and supportive community have had her hooked ever since.

Leanne is thrilled to be a part of the AOS Newmarket team and looks forward to sharing her positive energy each and every week.

 

 

Brittanie Jackson


Office Admin / Assistant

Brittanie Jackson
Office Admin / Assistant

Brittanie Jackson

Even at a young age, Brittanie could not hide her passion for dance and movement. She recalls asking her parents for dance lessons when she was 8 years old, and from that point on she has never stopped dancing. Brittanie is trained in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern and more recently, heels. Finding Army of Sass just over a year and a half ago was one of the biggest blessings she could have received at the time. She is beyond fond of this community and is excited to share more of her personality and style with each one of the students and surrounding community.

 

 

• 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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