Hello Peel !

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

• Classes •

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Fall 2019 Session Session
10 weeks between September 18, 2019 and November 20, 2019


WED • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Open LevelDrop In. Open to public, $15+hst. Included for registered Fall Program students. Starts September 18th.

Alex Pollard
City Centre Dance
FREE PROMO CLASS:
September 11, 2019


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WED • 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
AOS Program Open LevelRehearsal. Closed rehearsal for registered Fall Program students. Starts September 18th.

Alex Pollard
City Centre 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

• Shows •

Joie De Vivre

“Joie de Vivre”

Life is a journey. The ups, the downs, and everything in between tell a great story. Join us as we recount a tale of love, heartbreak, and self-discovery. It’s all a part of the joy of living!

Featuring guest performers, an opening magic act, and dance performances by members of Army of Sass Peel!

Choreography by Alex Pollard.

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When: Saturday November 30th

Doors Open at 7:00pm

Show Starts at 8:00pm

Location: Central Nightclub

Address: 35 Brunel Rd, Mississauga ON.

***Arrive early to grab a seat! Seating for the show at Central Nightclub is first come first serve.***

Come for the show, stay for the after party! Hosted by Central Nightclub

Free Parking on site!

Please note this event is 19+

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TICKETS:

Purchase tickets online on Eventbrite, click here to be re-directed to the ticket page.

$20 in advance, online (+processing fees)

$25 at the door (*Cash only)

E-transfer option is also available for advanced tickets. Email peel@armyofsass.com for details on e-transfer ticket payments.

 

Doors 7:00 pm • Show 8:00 pm

Sat • November 30
Central Nightclub

19+
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


Tickets available online or via e-transfer. Email peel@armyofsass.com for e-transfer options.


Buy tickets

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September FREE CLASS

That’s right, we’ve got another FREE class coming up!
 
Want to check out what Army of Sass is all about?
Want to try something new?
Did you dance when you were younger and want to get back into it?
Have you never taken a dance class before?
 
Whatever the reason… this is for you! The class is absolutely FREE, so there’s nothing to lose!
 

*SAVE THE DATE*

Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 8:30-9:30pm
Location: City Centre Dance
 
Open to dancers of all levels, genders, sizes, and ages 18+.
 
This will be an Open Level class, no dance experience necessary.
 
Register NOW to save your spot!
Email peel@armyofsass.com
Subject line “Free Class”
 
NOTE: Students registered for the Army of Sass Peel Fall 10-Week Session automatically have their spots reserved for the Free class.
Check out our Facebook event link

July FREE CLASS

Let’s celebrate summer and new beginnings with Army of Sass Peel!

Come join us for a FREE Open Level Heels class!

No dance experience required (ages 18+).

Wednesday July 24th, 2019

Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm

5359 Timberlea Blvd, *Unit 68*

Contact peel@armyofsass.com for any questions!

Summer of Sass

Come get Sassy with us this summer for AOSPeel’s Summer of Sass series!

6 weeks of Sass, Wednesdays from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on the following dates:

  • July 31st
  • August 7th
  • August 14th
  • August 21st
  • August 28th
  • September 4th

Open Level classes, no dance experience required (ages 18+)

All classes held at City Centre Dance

5359 Timberlea Blvd, *Unit 68*

  • Drop in $15+
  • Full 6-Week Sass Pass $80+ (Best Value!)

Contact peel@armyofsass.com for any questions!

• AOS Peel 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.

 

 

Alex Pollard


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Alex Pollard
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Alex Pollard

Alex Pollard is a professional Toronto-based dancer and choreographer with years of experience in the commercial dance industry. He is a graduate of York University holding a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Alex is trained in various styles, such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz-Funk, and Modern. Alex has trained at many studios in Toronto and New York, including, Broadway Dance Centre, Alvin Ailey, Peridance Capezio Center and many more, which have provided him with an exceptional background of dance training.

Alex has choreographed for many shows and events in Toronto, such as InSitu Festival II, MAC Fundraiser Gala, Toronto’s Original Choreographer’s Ball, Fever After Dark, The Bazaar, Youth Day, and Habitat for Humanity. Alex is also the current choreographer for Toronto-based recording artist Porsha, who has released her new EP Don’t Worry and has choreographed her entire 2017/18 set list. Most notably, Alex is the Artistic Director and Owner of City Centre Dance, Mississauga’s Premiere Drop-In Dance Centre.

Alex has performed in various showcases in Toronto and has worked for companies such as, Jim Steinman’s Bat out of Hell, The Juno Awards, YTV’s “The Next Star,” OMNI Television, Army of Sass, A2D2 Aerial Dance Cirque Company, Sanskriti Arts and much more. Alex has worked with and back-up danced for many various and diverse artists, including Juno Award Nominee, Marlowe and the Mix. He has also back-up danced for Shweta Subram; an Indo-Urban Canadian artist for the IIFA Awards Buzz Event and is featured in Brooklyn Roebuck’s (YTV’s “The Next Star” Winner) music video “Lemon and Lime.”

Given his excellence in the commercial dance industry, Alex has been nominated for various awards such as the 2019 MARTYS Established Dance Artist, Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award, The Glenn Gould Prize, and was a top-three finalist for the 2017 MARTYS LifeTime Achievement Award through the Mississauga Arts Council.

Alex is also a passionate teacher and enjoys sharing his love for dance with students of all levels and abilities. He is an ongoing guest teacher for the Peel District School Board, Toronto District School Board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Centennial College, as well as many more schools and institutions.

Alex is quick to learn and can adapt under any circumstances given to him, seizing any opportunity to perform, choreograph and teach. He continues to grow and learn through his passion for dance and living life through gratitude. By treating each day as a new opportunity to grow as both a person and artist, he continues to shape a journey unique to him.

Instagram: @alexpollardxo

 

 

Bianca Jones


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Bianca Jones
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Bianca Jones

The only way to do great work, is to love what you do!

Bianca is a Software Developer by day, a dog mom of two cockapoos (& a turtle!), is an avid crocheter, and lover of all things dance!  Bianca has trained with a number of talented and well-established dancers and choreographers in the Greater Toronto Area, enrolling in a multitude of dance drop-in classes, workshops, and dance training programs in styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Dancehall, Reggaeton, etc. but most often, she has found herself in the dance world training in Heels! Bianca explains her style as girly, sassy, and inspired by the Pussycat Dolls!

Bianca has been dancing with Army of Sass since the “Life is a Cabaret!” session and has been hooked ever since!  She started AOS as a dancer, joined on as an assistant, and is now excited to be taking on the role as Co-Licensee of AOSPeel.  You’ll likely find Bianca screaming “Yasssssss” in the back of every Sass class, phone in hand, catching every possible angle for the best Insta-boom and story.  Bianca is so grateful for this experience, and can’t wait to continue to grow with the AOSPeel community!

Instagram: @bmari1011

 

 

• 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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