Hello Toronto !

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

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 2018 Session
10 weeks between January 7, 2018 and March 24, 2018


MON • 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 2 Intermediate

Courtney Odelein
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL – Xing Dance Theatre

TUE • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 2 IntermediateJan 30 + Feb 6 at 452 College St / Feb 12 onwards at The Pink Studio

Rosa Campagna
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL – Xing Dance Theatre

TUE • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 3 AdvancedNO CLASS JAN 30th/ FEB 6th Location TBA / Feb 12 onwards at The Pink Studio

Courtney Odelein
Army of Sass Toronto EAST – The Pink Studio

TUE • 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginner

Nichola Markham
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL – Xing Dance Theatre

WED • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 BeginnerADVANCED BEGINNER

Sorina Matheson
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL – Xing Dance Theatre

WED • 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginner

Kiana Smith
The Dance Annex

THU • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Drop-in Sass Class Level 1 Beginner

Kim Allan
Army of Sass Toronto CENTRAL – Xing Dance Theatre

• 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

Drop-in

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 Toronto Presents…”High Heel Revolution”

Doors 9:00 pm • Show 10:00 pm

Fri • March 23
Mod Club Theatre

19+
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


Tickets will be available in the new year.


Contact us for tickets
Doors 5:00 pm • Show 5:30 pm

Sat • March 24
Mod Club Theatre

All ages
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


Tickets will be available in the new year.


Contact us for tickets
Doors 9:00 pm • Show 10:00 pm

Sat • March 24
Mod Club Theatre

19+
$20 in advance • $25 at the door


Tickets will be available in the new year.


Contact us for tickets

• Spotlight •

WINTER 2018 WEEKLY DROP-IN SCHEDULE!

Join ARMY OF SASS TORONTO this winter for DROP-IN HEELS CLASSES!
Grab your heels, grab your friends and let’s start this year having some fun!

Multiple classes available in various levels, locations and times!
**please note that for the 452 College St location, damaged or thin stiletto heels are not permitted without protective rubber heel caps (available for purchase at the studio)**

WINTER 2018 WEEKLY DROP-IN SCHEDULE!
January 15th – March 10th, 2018
(March 10th – March 31st we will have a few pop-up workshops and classes – the regular weekly scheduled drop-ins will slow down as we approach our program’s show-time!)

Mondays
at 452 College St. (Xing Dance)
8-9:15pm ~ INTERMEDIATE w/Courtney Odelein

Tuesdays
7-8pm ~ INTERMEDIATE with Rosa Campagna
8-9pm ~ ADVANCED with Courtney Odelein
**IMPORTANT NOTE – these classes will be held at 974 Bloor St West (Luanda House) on January 16th and 23rd, they will move to 2053 Danforth Ave (The Pink Studio) as of Jan 30th.**

Tuesdays
at 452 College St. (Xing Dance)
8:15-9:15pm ~ BEGINNER with Nichola Markham

Wednesdays
at 452 College St. (Xing Dance)
8-9pm ~ ADVANCED BEGINNER with Sorina Matheson

Wednesdays
at 527 Bloor St W (The Dance Annex)
8:15-9:15pm ~ BEGINNER with Kiana Smith

Thursdays
at 452 College St (Xing Dance)
8-9pm ~ BEGINNER with Kim Allan

Sundays
at 2053 Danforth Ave (The Pink Studio)
Pop-up evening ADVANCED classes on select weeks – stay tuned to our social media for details on these!

Facebook: /aostoronto
Instagram: @aostoronto

UNLIMITED DROP-IN SASS PASS NOW ON SALE!

Want UNLIMITED AOS Toronto DROP-INS this winter?
Get a WINTER 2018 SASS PASS!

UNLIMITED DROP-IN SASS PASS – $200+HST
With 7+ classes every week, and multiple beginner, intermediate and advanced classes, you can dance the winter away!

Valid for any and all Army of Sass Toronto drop-in classes from January 7th – March 31st!
Full 7+ weekly drop-in schedule runs January 15th – March 10th, 2018
(March 10th – March 31st we will have a few pop-up workshops and classes – the regular weekly scheduled drop-ins will slow down as we approach our program’s show-time!)

Email us at toronto@armyofsass.com to arrange purchase via cash, credit or e-transfer!

• AOS Toronto 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.

 

 

Meghan Norah


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Meghan Norah
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Meghan Norah

Meghan is so excited to have taken over the Toronto location with Courtney! A Toronto gal since birth, Meghan grew up honing her love for Musical Theatre – and all things singing, dance and theatrics! She graduated from George Brown College in 2007 and since then her dance training and performance experience has spanned various styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, latin, nuvo-burlesque, hip hop, dancehall, go-go and disco. She has had the opportunity to sing, dance, and perform aerial circus in countless shows and festivals across Canada. Her deep love affair with music has lead her to host Open Mics, front a classic rock band,  sing and star in countless live productions, and pursue various singer/songwriter ventures! Some highlights include performances with Army Of Sass, The Lovers Cabaret (Vancouver), Love Letters Cabaret, The Trump Hotel, Curtain Call Players, Buskerfest, Choreographers Ball, TIFF and the Hard Rock Cafe. Along with her extensive work in performance arts, she is also a skilled digital video editor and videographer.
In the Army of Sass world, Meghan began as a student in the first ever session with Carla Catherwood, and worked her way up over the years to be an Assistant, a Sergeant of Sass, Director and Producer for the Toronto location shows, and now Location Licensee! The confidence and skills that she has gained from being involved with Army of Sass over the years have made her the leader and performer that she is today!

 

 

Courtney Odelein


General (AOS Location Licensee)

Courtney Odelein
General (AOS Location Licensee)

Courtney Odelein

Courtney is the newest addition to the #TorontoTeamThree as a Licensee. Her love of dance began at the age of three with Quill Lake School of Dance. She has been trained under the RAD, ADAPT, CDTA, and NHDA dance syllabus. During high school, she worked with Annie Woods in the jazz/contemporary company Dare to Dance: Instincts. After graduation, Courtney travelled to Vancouver to dance with Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program. Courtney soon moved to Toronto, Ontario and trained with Scholarship Dance Program, Army of Sass, and BOSS Dance Company. She is a faculty member for Lisa Stevens and Heidi Ford’s Broadway Bound International Dance Convention and Fayez1 Productions with Faye Rauw. Courtney has the pleasure of working as head choreographer and back up dancer for recording artist Julia Tynes. You can see her in videos for artists such as; V Sevani, Wanting Q, Diana Viselli, Ain’t No Love, and Sonder Collective: Human Diaries. She has appeared in numerous shows, events and productions all over Canada, such as, Vancity Project, Urban Alchemy, Tapistry, The GREAT Campaign, Dance Ontario, REVEALED, The Box Presents: Evoke, Julia Tynes, A Night of Sonder and many, many Army of Sass Shows. Her T.V. credits include; Canada Summer Games closing ceremonies, Extra, TSN, Coors Light, the Marilyn Denis Show and CTV.

Courtney has a genuine love of dancing, teaching and performing and is very grateful to now have the opportunity to lead part of the Army of Sass Community.

 

 

Kim Allan


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Kim Allan
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Kim Allan

A lover of all things sexy, sassy and soulful! Kim loves to draw out the inner sex kitten that dwells in us all. Although Kim has mostly hung up her professional dance and acting career you never know when she will come out of hibernation. Having spent many years appearing in film, television, music videos, live performances, commercials and industrials she now loves to teach others help them grow, develop and realize their own potential. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing one of her students come into their own. She loves to empower women and build their confidence through dance and fitness. Kim was part of Toronto’s up and coming urban dance scene dancing with Phem Phat and Blaze under the direction and choreography of Jae Blaze. Selected credits include opening concerts for Destiny’s Child, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Usher, music videos for Rihanna, Johnny Reid, Alexis on Fire/Moneen, Kardinal, Snow, industrials /commercials for IBM, Labatt’s, Molson’s, Smirnoff, Ford, Toronto Argonauts Cheerleader, Hamilton Tiger Cats Cheerleader, Jon Dore Show,  Little Mosque on The Prairie, and The Pete Rose Story for TSN. After taking one of Carla’s classes way back in 2009 she knew she had to be part of this sexy, empowering revolution! Since the start of AOS in Toronto Kim has been part of it and loving every minute of it. Thankful and thrilled to be teaching for AOS Toronto. Now a mom and running her own fitness company Kim can’t wait to get her sassy own with you!

 

 

Kiana Smith


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Kiana Smith
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Kiana Smith

Originally from small town Nanaimo, British Columbia, 19 year old Kiana Smith has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro/Gymnastics, Burlesque and is a graduate from the Musical Theatre Program at Randolph Academy. After recently returning from a World Tour as a dancer for Youtube sensation Lilly Singh aka ‘Superwoman’ and rapper Humble the Poet, Kiana is now exploring more of her choreographer side as the director of a new Hip Hop company called The Syndicate. Kiana is thrilled to announce that she’ll be branching out and teaching Jazz and Hip Hop technique in the Army of Sass program!

 

 

Rosa Campagna


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rosa Campagna
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rosa Campagna

Discovering dance at an early age, Rosa Campagna began her journey with Soul in Motion as a member of the competive team. She then decided to further her education at York University as a dance minor. During this time she trained with arists such as Helen Jones, and Susan Lee in modern/contemporary techniques. Furthering her passion for dance, Rosa enlisted herself in Army of Sass in 2015. Her AOS training has given her the opportunity to work closely with leading heels choreographers such as Kaela Faloon and Kiana Smith. She also trains with DARK Dance Company under Lineen Doung and Allison Bradley, working on hip-hop/contemporary styles of movement. Now a Sergeant of Sass, Rosa hopes to share her wealth of knowledge with her students and her passion for dancing in heels!

 

 

Rotating Instructors


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rotating Instructors
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Rotating Instructors

Profile is coming soon.

 

 

Guest Teachers


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Guest Teachers
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Guest Teachers

Profile is coming soon.

 

 

Sorina Matheson


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sorina Matheson
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Sorina Matheson

Sorina Matheson is a 26 year old Early Childhood Studies student born in Romania and raised in Toronto. Dance is not only a part of Sorina’s life, it IS Sorina’s life. Though she has been dancing for 24 years and teaching dance for 10, when she discovered Army of Sass and heels dance in 2014, she knew she had found her true home in the dance world. Sorina is head over heels in love with the Army of Sass community and the opportunities it offers for women from all backgrounds. “NO GOOD WOMAN LEFT BEHIND” has become one of her life philosophies that she has adapted thanks to Army of Sass. She feels that it is so important for every woman to feel that they are part of a supportive community like Army of Sass.

 

 

Caitlin Reidy


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Caitlin Reidy
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Caitlin Reidy

Caitlin Reidy is a trained Expressive Arts Therapist currently working in a long term care setting where she is able to share her love of dance with her residents on a daily basis. Caitlin originally joined Army of Sass back in 2012 under, now AOS London licensee, Sarah Ellen. Caitlin began dancing when she was 15 through her high school’s recreational dance program. Caitlin went onto receive a BA Honours in Dance Studies and Psychology from York University. Since joining Army of Sass Caitlin has had the opportunity to move up through the ranks to join our Lieutenants level, having had opportunities to learn from many of Toronto’s Sergeants. Caitlin’s favourite part of the Army of Sass community is that you are truly taken in as one of the family. To be part of a community that truly empowers every woman to feel her best and support her fellow dancers has continued to be as inspirational as it was back when she took her first class.

 

 

Nichola Markham


Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nichola Markham
Sergeant (AOS Teacher)

Nichola Markham

Nichola started dancing when she was 3 years old in Uxbridge. When she moved to Italy soon after, she continued to train and perform in all styles. When she moved back to Toronto, she continued her training at Pegasus Dance Studios where she trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Nichola has competed in the past at Kiwanis, OUCH (Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop) with McMaster, Hiit the Floor and Culture Shock. Nichola is proud to be training hard with Army of Sass under Carla Catherwood, SONDER Dance Collective and Dark Dance Company. She is excited to continue to grow her passion and skills in dance in a variety of genres.

 

 

• 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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