Hello Thunder Bay !

Train. Sweat. Perform.

ARMY of SASS is a training and performance program designed to build confidence, 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 Spring just got a whole lot SASSIER!

Spring Session Registration begins February 26! Join our amazing community of sassy dancers as we train together to present our themed winter show, “Queen Bey", paying homage to the original Queen of Confidence herself, Beyoncé!

• Winter 2018 session runs March to June; dates vary by location.
• Early bird registration opens on February 26.
• Regular registration opens on March 17.

Join us and be part of this growing community and movement!

All Skill Levels

Absolute Beginners to Beginner-Trained Dancers

Intermediate to Advanced in Heels Dance

Advanced to Professional in Jazz/Hip Hop/Heels Dance

• Classes •


Winter 2018 Session
10 weeks between January 9, 2018 and March 29, 2018

TUE • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 BeginnerNO EXPERIENCE TO SOME EXPERIENCE

Paula DiGiuseppe & Stephanie DePiero & Sara Sorrell
Dance Thunder Bay
January 2, 2018

WED • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 Privates10 WEEK PROGRAM (late group)

Stephanie DePiero
Dance Thunder Bay
Sold out

WED • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 Privates10 WEEK PROGRAM (early group)

Stephanie DePiero
Dance Thunder Bay
Sold out

TUE • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rehearsal Class Level 1 Privates10 WEEK PROGRAM (early group)

Stephanie DePiero
Dance Thunder Bay

• Rates •

Full year • 3 sessions

Available June 21 - September 30

$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 February 26 - March 16

$250 +tax

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

Full session • Regular

Available March 17 - April 30

$275 +tax

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


Contact us for current rates

$15 to 30

• 1 hr class
• First come, first served
• Contact us for availability & payment options

• Shows •

Army of Sass Thunder Bay is rolling out the red carpet for our
High Heel Revolution Premier Night!


Join us for an evening of glitter, glam and glitz as we celebrate the “Women Through the Ages”who have helped
revolutionize and pave the path for us today! Event includes; champagne, food catered by Tomlin,
debut of AOS video + live performances and a DJ to keep us on the dance floor all night long!
Doors 7:00 pm • Show 8:00 pm

Thu • March 29
The Chanterelle on Park

$50 in advance • $60 at the door

**This is a VIP event with limited tickets available.**

Buy tickets

• Spotlight •


Our SASS WORKSHOPS are for all levels, including you beginners!  These events are for those who aren’t able to come out regularly but still want to join in on all the sassy fun, and also for those looking to gain even more training in the heels style!

You can PRE-REGISTER by emailing us just your name to ensure your spot!

1 hour classic SASS CLASS DROP-IN
1 hour dance combo in the specified “themed” style

COST: $25 (full workshops)
$10 SASS PASS holder upgrade
FREE for annal members

✓Tuesday January 16th 7-9pm is  HIP HOP IN HEELS with Sara Sorrell
-> https://www.facebook.com/events/792694224272600/

Tuesday January 30th 7-9pm is BROADWAY WORKSHOP with Paula DiGiuseppe
-> https://www.facebook.com/events/1971153956538678/

Saturday February 10th 4-6pm is SHADES OF SASS with Steph DePiero
-> https://www.facebook.com/events/1811072598926981/

Tuesday February 13th 7-9pm is XOXO VALENTINES WORKSHOP with Nicole Avella
-> coming soon

Let us know if you have any questions by reaching out to us an email!

📧 thunderbay@armyofsass.com



Our SASS PASS is ideal for those looking to participate in multiple weekday classes, are unable to commit to the program at this time, are looking to get in shape, stay fit and work up a sweat ‼️

COST: $150 (with tax)
👠 includes 15 classes or more
👠 valid until March 31st


To purchase your pass please
ETRANSFER to thunderbay@armyofsass.com / password: SassyDance
or pay by CASH in person during class times

Let us know if you have any questions by reaching out to us an email
📧 thunderbay@armyofsass.com

• AOS Thunder Bay Team •

Carla Catherwood

Commander-in-chief (CEO & Founder)


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


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.

For over 18 years, Stephanie has taught and worked with both entertainment professionals and students of all ages and ability levels. At the young age of 14 she was the first hip hop instructor for the City of Thunder Bay, and trained throughout her teenage years in jazz, tap, ballet and hip-hop.

After graduating high school she left home in pursuit of her passion. Attending various workshops, conventions, and attending programs from New York to Los Angeles, Stephanie soon landed herself a new home in Toronto and found success making appearances in videos, television, film, and theatre, and working with major companies and outlets such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Paramount, Much Music, Breakfast Television, YTV and Treehouse TV. She also worked as an in-house promoter and performer with MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. She was living the dream, but her hometown was in her heart and it was calling her back.

She believes in the potential of her local dance, music and the film industry, and wants to see it grow! Stephanie’s experience fueled her to create her very own company in Thunder Bay. BOUNCE Dance Convention operated in Thunder Bay for eight successful seasons, educating young dancers in the community. It also led to the creation of Dancing in the Schools – a dance program with an innovated dance curriculum for students in grades one through twelve.

Today, Stephanie remains in Thunder Bay’s dance scene and is enthused as ever about her future. She offers private training and coaching and leads the Army of Sass Thunder Bay team (part of a Canadian heels dance program that is currently taking the country by storm)!

Army of Sass 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 woman that has a goal to simply inspire others.

Through DANCE Thunder Bay, Stephanie continues to work towards developing professional dance entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy in the city.



Paula DiGiuseppe

Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Paula DiGiuseppe
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

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.



Sara Sorrell

Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sara Sorrell
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sara Sorrell

Sara Sorrell was born in Dauphin, Manitoba and moved to Thunder Bay at the age of 4. She was always told that she had so much energy and passion for dance.

Sara entered the dance world at the age of 10 years old by being put into a school talent show by per principal.  Her first studio was Fay Gleeson where she trained for a year. She continued her training throughout her high school Westgate Colligate Vocational Institute and at International Dance Academy. She trained and competed with International Dance Academy for two years. She had trained in many dance styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Modern, Ballet, Theatre, Acro and Contemporary.  Sara has also performed in the Westgate Dance Team and Cabaret group. Also in Westgates Musical Production “Fame” she got the opportunity to be a backup dancer. She said that’s when she knew she really wanted to perform.

After highschool Sara continued dancing through drop in classes at studios and also studied at Confederation College for a year to open up her options. She had the opportunity to train at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and focus on her Ballet Technique.

She knew something was missing after her training was all over. To fill the void she started to dip into the fitness world. Sara has always enjoyed being active and being challenged. She took advantage of both worlds when she knew she could do more and became a certified Zumba Instructor which has now been modified to SSDanceFitness.

Something was still missing though, that’s when Army of Sass came in and took over. Her first class she instantly fell in love with how she felt about dance and herself. After training hard in her first two years she began assisting and is now trained as a Sergeant of Sass. She says ” My purpose is to inspire the uninspired.” She loves when woman come out of a class feeling confident and wanting to dance all over again.



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.



Lynda DePiero

Office Admin / Assistant

Lynda DePiero
Office Admin / Assistant

Lynda DePiero

For over 30 years, Lynda DePiero has motivated and inspired participants in dance, fitness and pilates.   Studying ballet, tap and jazz in her early years sparked the passion to teach and perform.   To this day she directs, choreographs and performs with her two adult performing dance groups “The Celtic Rythmns” and “Sassy Senior Dancers”.

Certified with ACE (The American Council on Exercise), Lynda specializes in senior and older adult programs.   Introduced to the discipline of pilates 20 years ago, Lynda initially practiced these precision exercises to improve her own posture, flexibility and balance.   Pilates transformed her body & body awareness, increased her strength and endurance as well as prevented injuries.   Certified with Stott Pilates and the Pilates Process, Lynda shares her experience and knowledge to clients of all ages and abilities.   She specializes in mat and reformer classes designing programs to fit individual needs from beginner to advanced levels.   Educated in Zenga, Core, Vinyasa, Halo Training and Therapeutic Pilates to address that extra edge to keep the clients’ muscles guessing and inspired. She currently teaching at Ross Pilates and also works with privates and semi-privates.

Lynda attributes her longevity in teaching success to being born a “Leo” and the love and support from her family.

She is excited to be part of the Army of Sass team in helping them with many behind the scene details!



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.



Mel Bergeron

Office Admin / Assistant

Mel Bergeron
Office Admin / Assistant

Bio coming soon!



Jessica DuBois

Office Admin / Assistant

Jessica DuBois
Office Admin / Assistant

Bio 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 $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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