Hello Thunder Bay !

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!

This fall, 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 for Winter Session opens on November 14
• Regular registration for Winter Session opens on January 3.

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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Winter 2019 Session
10 weeks between January 16, 2019 and March 20, 2019


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WED • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesBeginner Level

Stephanie DePiero
Dance Thunder Bay
Register

WED • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginner$20 at door -OR- winter pass accepted

Stephanie DePiero
Dance Thunder Bay
FREE PROMO CLASS:
January 9, 2019


WED • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 2 Intermediate$20 at door -OR- winter pass accepted

Emma Dubinsky
Dance Thunder Bay
FREE PROMO CLASS:
January 9, 2019


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WED • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
AOS Program Level 2 CorporalsIntermediate/Advanced Level

Emma Dubinsky
Dance Thunder Bay
Register
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MON • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesPrivate Level

Stephanie DePiero
Dance Thunder Bay
Register
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TUE • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AOS Program Level 2 CorporalsCorporal Level

Emma Dubinsky
Dance Thunder Bay
Register
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WED • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AOS Program Level 1 PrivatesPrivate Level

Stephanie DePiero
Dance Thunder Bay
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• Rates •

Full year • 3 sessions

Available June 10 - October 17

$750 +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, starting in Fall term

Full session • Early bird

Available November 14 - January 2

$250 +tax


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

Full session • Regular

Available January 3 - February 8

$275 +tax


• 2 hrs / week for 10 weeks
• 1 extra 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 •

Nightmare

Join Army of Sass Thunder Bay as they perform a sassy take on this Halloween/Christmas crossover classic where Jaxx, the Pumpkin Queen, and a quirky cast of characters discover the true meaning of the holiday spirit!

⭐️For ALL AGES but recommended for a mature audience. Please use your own judgment and/or ask somebody performing in the event⭐️

DATE & TIME: November 17th, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Tickets available at  www.bit.ly/aosnightmare

 

Doors 6:00 pm • Show 6:30 pm

Sat • November 17
The Basement Gallery

All ages
$30 general admission


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Sideshow

Our winter show date is Saturday, March 23rd, 2019!

Showtimes and ticket info will be available soon.

• Spotlight •

Winter Sass Pass

A sass pass is an option for someone who is unable to commit to a full 10 weeks program, and is also great for those who want just that extra little bit of sass!

Our passes allow you to access ALL drop-in classes every Wednesday from January 16th till March 13th. With Beginner Level from 7-8pm, and Inter/Advance Level from 8-9pm. That is 18 hours of heels dance training with our certified instructors, and a total of $360 in value!

Early Bird Sass Pass
= $175+HST  (before January 2nd)

Please email us at thunderbay@armyofsass.com to purchase your pass and ask us any questions you may have.

• AOS Thunder Bay 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.

 

 

Stephanie DePiero


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Stephanie DePiero
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Stephanie DePiero

For Stephanie DePiero, as soon as she could walk, she could dance, and has been dancing ever since.

As a teenager, Steph trained in jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop and after graduating high school, she left home in pursuit of her passion. Traveling anywhere she could get to, Steph danced at various workshops, conventions, attending intensive programs in New York and Los Angeles. Soon landing herself a new home in Toronto where she was able to make her papa extra proud by working with MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club for several seasons promoting and performing during all at home games.

Stephanie believes in the potential of a thriving entertainment scene here in Thunder Bays, through its own growing dance, music, and film blazers, and she wants to see it grow!

Her own experiences have fueled her to create her very own Thunder Bay dance companies. She leads the Army of Sass Thunder Bay team (part of a North American heels dance program that is currently taking the country by storm)! This outlet of dance speaks to Stephanie’s passion and values, providing an outlet for women of all levels of dance to come together, gain confidence and to be a part of a community of dancers that has a goal to simply inspire others.

Steph is also the director of DANCE Thunder Bay, which offers private training sessions and industry coaching, off-site entertainment services, and seasonal workshop classes with dance professionals wanting to that help in the development of young dancers.

 

 

Emma Dubinsky


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Emma Dubinsky
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Emma Dubinsky

Emma Dubinsky started dancing with Dance Dynamics Studio in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is currently a performing artist and pursuing her dreams of being a professional dancer.

Emma has completed up to the pre-advanced jazz in her ADAPT examinations, and 9levels in tap and ballet, as well as the ADAPT teachers-revision course in Ottawa. After one year of post-secondary education at York University studying Psychology, Emma continued attending many master dance classes in Toronto, and soon after was accepted into the Commercial Dance Studies program at George Brown College. At George Brown, she trained in jazz, hip hop, ballet, modern, musical theatre, vocal, and acting. Emma trained for years with a heels company called Sensual Heeling under Kaela Faloon.

She has many stage performance experiences performing with companies such as such as the Ballet Jörgen in the Nutcracker, Hairspray with St. Ignatius High School, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pan America Games Opening Ceremony with Cirque Du Soleil, the 6th Annual HUM Awards, the Canadian Dance Awards launch, Creativiva, The MAS Fest, Makeup Forever, performing backup for vocalists and DJs at music festivals, Army of Sass Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Seneca Pulse Casino Grand Opening in New York and more.

Emma also enjoys teaching dance and choreographing. Emma taught heels classes for Army of Sass Etobicoke, Army of Sass Peel, her own hip hop classes at The Pink Studio Toronto and other drop in classes in Toronto. As well, she choreographed a music video for an up and coming Toronto artist. She is the co-creator of Next LevelWorkshop which inspires young dancers and gives them insight into being a professional. She has taught in studios and choreographed for numerous competition numbers in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, musical theatre and acro.

 

 

Paula DiGiuseppe


Office Admin / Assistant

Paula DiGiuseppe
Office Admin / Assistant

Paula DiGiuseppe

Paula has been dancing for 20 years with Experience Dance Studio covering many styles. A few include ballet, jazz, lyrical, theatre, and hip-hop.

She has had the honour to teach at Experience Dance Studio for 4 years, working with all levels and styles of dance. A year was spent training with Grant McEawn in musical theatre, taking on new skills and challenges.

Preforming has always been a huge passion of Paula’s and she has spent much of her time pursuing just that. She has been a back up singer for the past 7 years with the band Morning Light. As well, Paula has created her own band Foxxy and The Hounds to keep sharing the gift of performance.

 

 

Nicole Avella


Office Admin / Assistant

Nicole Avella
Office Admin / Assistant

Nicole Avella

At the age of 8, Nicole entered the dance world. She took classes both recreational and competitive at local dance studios Spirit of Dance as well as International Dance Academy. Nicole developed a love for hip-hop, jazz, and musical theatre.

Over the years, Nicole had the opportunity to perform and compete both locally and out of town. Nicole’s love of music also translates into a passion for singing and vocal training. Seeking an outlet that combined her love of dance with her vocal talent, Nicole joined BOUNCE Productions. She took part in many classes and local productions with BOUNCE including BOUNCE Senior Year: The Concert.

Through her training in dance and singing Nicole was able to develop her technique as well as her confidence on stage! Nicole is incredibly excited to be a part of Army of Sass Thunder Bay! She looks forward to continuing her training in the heels style. Nicole can’t wait to help empower and encourage other women to pursue their passion for dance!

 

 

Kassandra Arsenault


Office Admin / Assistant

Kassandra Arsenault
Office Admin / Assistant

Kassandra Arsenault

Kassandra joined the dance world at the age of 4. She has danced at local studios Fay Gleeson and Spirit of Dance training in styles such as Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Ballet and many more. She traveled for dance competitions and performances. Her favourite being Dance the World Disney Parade in Orlando Florida.

She took a break from dance to focus on her education. Kassandra has graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has moved to Confederation College for Business Marketing and George Brown College for Social Media Marketing courses.

She knew that she was missing something in her life and that’s when she came to us. Army of Sass fit well with her love for other people and passion for dance.

She loves making new friends from the program and being on stage is her favourite place. Kassandra is excited to see Army of Sass grow and looks forward to improving her dance skills in heels!

 

 

Shannon Gagne


Office Admin / Assistant

Shannon Gagne
Office Admin / Assistant

Shannon Gagne

Shannon was born and raised in Thunder Bay and lives with her husband and dog Finn. She joined AOS in the winter of 2017 at the age of 36, having never danced before in her life, proving you are never to old to follow your dreams!

Shortly after joining, she took on the role of Fundraising and Event coordinator. In this role, she books events on behalf of AOS Thunder Bay, organizes community outreach and volunteer opportunities, and manages the fundraising aspect of our stage shows.

Shannon is very passionate about giving back to the community and is proud to be able to carry that enthusiasm over from her professional life to her involvement with AOS.

 

 

Lisa-Marie McLean


Office Admin / Assistant

Lisa-Marie McLean
Office Admin / Assistant

Lisa-Marie McLean

Lisa-Marie was born and raised in Thunder Bay. She was a happy go lucky little girl with so many dreams and aspirations.

Throughout her life, Lisa-Marie has been driven by her imagination and creativity towards the arts. Particularly to music, dance and dress up. She loved to perform in front of a mirror and often for others.

In the meantime, life happened; and in the midst of being a busy stay at home wife and mom of boys for nearly 9 years, Lisa-Marie got lost in what she really wanted in life.

Lisa-Marie decided that it was time to embark on something for herself! She was drawn to a dance group by the name of Army of Sass-Thunder Bay via Social Media. She went to a Army of Sass Stage Performance and was instantly mesmerized by the dancing and music. She registered during intermission and remembers how incredibly nervous she felt not knowing what she was signing up for. Lisa-Marie then attended her first few Sass Classes and felt a sense of belonging and fellowship.

With no previous dance training, Lisa-Marie’s determination has been to strive towards small dance goals and work within what Army of Sass embodies. In a short year she has gained confidence, developed mental and physical strength along with meeting like minded individuals whom all inspire and build each other up. Dancing has opened up the opportunity for Lisa-Marie to step onto a stage and perform in front of a live audience of which was a great sense of accomplishment for her.  Army of Sass has also given Lisa-Marie the chance to be involved in her community through volunteer programs and community events held throughout the year.

Today Lisa-Marie has emerged from being “just a stay at home mom” to a confident woman whom is proud to be apart of Army of Sass Thunder Bay and has recently became a Certified Travel Consultant.
From the dance studio to the living room or office, if a song is on, you know Lisa-Marie is tapping her feet and grooving to the tune.

 

 

Steph Vezina


Office Admin / Assistant

Steph Vezina
Office Admin / Assistant

Steph Vezina

At 4 years old, Steph began taking dance classes at Northwestern Ontario Dance Centre. Later on, moving to Fay Gleeson Dance Centre to dance competitively until she was 17. Steph left dance behind to attend college and pursue a career in the engineering technologist field.

After a decade away from dance classes and stage performances, Steph came across a Facebook post, a video from Army of Sass Thunder Bay. Having not danced for so long, she initially thought she wouldn’t be able to keep up. So instead of taking a class, she bought tickets to a show, The Grinch! There was a little sass destiny in the room that night as Steph ended up seated next to future fellow assistant, Lisa-Marie McLean! Lisa talked about how she was going to sign up as soon as she got home. Steph thought, if she can take the leap then so can I. She signed up for a session before ever trying a sass class.

Getting to dance again brought Steph to Army of Sass but, the positive effect on all areas of her life is what has made her a regular face at class.
Steph is grateful to be able to help pass on those positives effects to the next lady or gent as part of the AOS Thunder Bay team.

 

 

• 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.

  • Questions or comments ? Contact us here !

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