Dancers Inc was a great edition to my competition season! This was my first time going to a Dancers Inc competition, and certainly won't be my last. The venue was a high school, but it had a very nice theater with dressing rooms close by. The competition was very understanding about changing the order of routines. A more personal experience I had was that a small group I had was a dancer down, making it a trio. However, Dancers Inc was very understanding, and allowed my group to perform under our original small group category. The only thing I would say would be something that needed to change, would be that it was running behind schedule which caused my 11:30pm awards to START at 11:50pm. I would say that the judging is fair, except for maybe a little bit of favoritism toward one studio in particular. The awards were faster compared to other competitions, especially because there were two people announcing adjudications. Another personal experience that I really enjoyed, was the backstage crew. I had just come from a quick change, and the was a guy talking to my group dance, and he calmed us down and prepared us to perform, and when we went onstage, he was cheering very loudly for us. Overall, I really enjoyed Dancers Inc., and can't wait to go back!
Thank you so very much for these kind words... Mr. Dan
My daughter has been dancing for 8 years now and from the beginning Dancers Inc was always my favorite competition. They make everything run so smooth for everyone involved. It’s the only competition that we can’t wait to go to every year! Mr. Dan and the entire staff make you feel like family. We love you Mr. Dan and staff! ❤️
Professional, Commited, Passionate, Fun. These are just a few words that come to mind when it comes to Mr. Dan and the Dancers Inc staff. Their attention to the kids is simply amazing. We always look forward to seeing them.
Aw Shucks... You are makin' me blush!!! <3 db
Last year I was awarded Junior Miss Dancer’s Inc, and it’s been such an amazing experience. Dancers Inc has taught me so much about good work ethic, and what it really takes to become a professional dancer. They have given me so many great opportunities, like performing for Dance the universe at Universal, and performing for the DRA benefit in New York. I highly recommend including Dancer’s Inc in your studio’s competition season!!
Oh, Alyssa... I adore you so much. You are an incredible young lady. I can't wait to see what you do with a career in dance... xxo Mr. Dan
Dancers Inc, is a well run, organized event. The staff is great and very entertaining. We have been attending their comps for 8 years now. My daughter always looks forward to this competition the most. Also, Mr. Dan always has the best shoes!!
OMG... It's time for me to get back to work traveling!!! I just got 3 NEW PAIRS OF BOOTS !!! I can't wait to wear them! <3 <3 <3
We love attending Dancers Inc! It is very organized and well run. It is always fun and feels so personal! Mr. Dan and staff are welcoming and helpful and kind to the parents and dancers. You can tell how much Mr. Dan is invested in each and every dancer at all levels of competition. The judging is always fair and the awards ceremonies are fun! We also love attending their conventions as well for the excellent classes and instruction. We look forward to Dancers Inc each year as the highlight of our season.
We love attending DI. This is only our second year in competitive dance but having to been to other competitions I have realized they are the best of the best. Mr. Dan and his staff are friendly and welcoming to all dancers. The judging is fair and includes positive feedback. The competion always run smoothly and on time or even a bit early and they sell the best merchandise.
Dancers Inc has something for everyone! From novice to advanced to Mr. Dan's Special Stars, this competition embraces everyone. The judges are fair, providing positive feedback for routines. We've been attending Dancers Inc. competitions for five years now; great venues, upbeat and helpful personnel, and so much caring for the studio directors, parents and most importantly the dancers. You'll see Mr. Dan back stage cheering performers on and giving kudos to all. Great competition. Highly recommend!
Dancers Inc. is such a fun and welcoming competition that we look forward to every year. Mr. Dan, the staff, and the titelist backstage are always such a kind presence to all dancers from the minis to the teens. A well run and friendly competition to attend.
We love Dancers Inc.! They keep things moving, the staff are super upbeat and nice, and it's a lot of fun for the kids. There's totally a friendly vibe, which I think helps even newer dancers feel super comfortable on and off stage. This was my dancer's first time attending a Dancers Inc. event and now we can't wait for the next one!
Love to hear this... Thank you so much for sharing! Dan and crew... xxo
Absolute favorite competition!
My studio has been going for about 4 years and we have always had a good experience. The faculty and staff is so friendly and make an effort to make a personal connection with the dancers. The Emcees are fantastic! The judging is fair and consistent. And the atmosphere is so positive and upbeat. Also we finished every si glen day at least an hour EARLY!
My only suggestion is possibly medals or paper certificates for runners up for overalls!
As well as more information about the National event and opening number on the website!
(Special thank you to Martina and Kyle in Concord, who jumped up and down for our win as much as we did! We love you guys!)
They care about the dancers. Seems like a silly comment but the feeling you get from Mr Dan and Co. is, "I care about you". Not all comps are like this! Very well run and great staff!
These words are so very kind. Thanks for posting,,,, Sometimes in the midst of a busy season you need to see this more than you will ever know....xxo Mr. Dan
Dancers Inc. definitely seems to have the most fair and impartial judges while still being able to critique children. I enjoyed this competition.
Downside, we ran way ahead of schedule! YES this is so much better than being behind schedule I agree but how about we just try to stay on schedule? During our comp we were an hour ahead of schedule this could have been an easy fix by just throwing a few breaks in between a few dances to help get the comp back on schedule. I know the schedule is just an estimate and you never know, you might need to go earlier or later than originally scheduled but being an hr ahead of schedule is rough especially with people who are traveling to the comp.
But overall a really good experience at Dancers Inc.
Thanks so much for your kind words. I wish there was a magic button that could make all the dances 2:45 and that way we could always run ontime. Hope your dance season is amazing! Mr. dan and the DI crew...
As a veteran competition dancer of more than 13 years, I have performed at various competitions. Through my experiences, I have found that Dancers Inc. has been, hands down, the best. I find the judging to be extremely fair, the staff to be curtious, and to be constantly surrounded in a welcoming atmosphere. "Mr.Dan" Barris, has truly created a unique environment in this cookie cutter competition world. I highly endorse The Dancers Inc. experience. I am certain that you will not be disappointed.
We work so hard to keep things moving! thanks for the vote of confidence, Alexa. We love what we do because dancers like you make our job easy. :) XXO Dan and the crew
Dancer's Inc is such a wonderful competition! The staff is comprised of the nicest, funniest, and most professional people in the area. Im so thankful to have the opportunity to compete at this competition and work with these beautiful people. Dancer's Inc is the perfect competition for any studio, I will assure you that you will have a blast! I highly recommend attending a DI competition this season, you will not regret it!
Martina.... Thank you for these kind words. You continue to amaze me! your growth and potential are limitless...I can't wait to see where life takes you... wherever that is, know that you will always have a very special place in my heart.....xxo db n your DI fam.
My studio was very excited to attend this competition, however 2 weeks to the day before the event, we received an email telling us the competition was cancelled. We were horrified that they would cancel a competition so close to the date without giving us a warning this was a possibility. We had to scramble to find another competition who could accommodate us the same weekend, but it was at a cost to us because we had to pay late entry fee prices. Dancers Inc offered us %25 off next years entry fees. That does not seem nearly enough to get us to trust them again, should be more like %75 off.
Hi, So sorry to hear of your misfortune after we cancelled. What a bummer. Many Competitions have to cancel for a variety of reasons. We cancelled because we lost the venue to a school function that was not on the Master list with the BOE. We found out about it the day we called our clients that were regfstered for the show. If attempting to accommodate our clients by offering them other competitions in their are wasn't enough, we did offer 25% off, for the following season, you are correct. That keeps my Karma clean and doesn't feel nearly as vicious as the last line of your post. If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to reach me in my office...
Yours in Dance,
First time attending this competition and it was such a disappointment. The venue was awful. The stage smaller than the dance room at the studio. The judges spoke negatively about the students (even about the 6 year olds) in the critiques. Nothing positive or helpful from any judge.
So sorry to hear this. when our venue was switched we had no choice. I would love to speak with you about the judging. If you have a moment, call the office. There is truly a difference between negative and constructive, and I would love to get you critiques and listen to them to understand what you are talking about. please pm me and i will have the video company get right on that.
The absolute best competition out there either it be your first or your 30th competition this is one to do. Consistent...you always know what to expect when at dancers inc..you lnow to show up 2 hours before your start time because they almost always are early of not on time...you know the director and staff will always be welcoming,warm , and helpful. The awards are not long and boring...everyone gets excited and has fun . There are so many great things about this competition...lierally one of the best by far and look forward to many more years.
Thank you... we try very hard, as all competitions do... It's not easy, and your acknowledgement of our hard work is graciously appreciated.
Dan and the crew
Yours in Dance,
You are missing out on a whole lot of fun, as well as an excellent learning experience, if you do not attend Di. It is our favorite competition. Di offers a positive learning experience to the dancers, offering fair and objective critiques, as well as an abundance of positive reinforcement to allow the dancer to feel great about their accomplishments. Dancers Inc. provides a fun family atmosphere. Their staff is always smiling and friendly, engaging with the dancers and families with a casual yet professional interaction. Regarding awards, all dancers have the opportunity to be recognized for outstanding accomplishments, with fair age and experience level categories, as well as judge's awards and the title program. Dancers Inc. is responsive to phone calls and emails, with a quick response for any questions or concerns. I would highly recommend offering Di as an experience for your dancers!
Thanks, Dan and the drew
Where to begin?
Venue: Changed on website literally a few days before comp without notifying anyone. This required previously made hotel arrangements to be changed at a premium so as not to be 30 minutes away.
South High Community School in Worcester, MA was a JOKE! Tiny low stage, tiny auditorium. Could not see feet as heads cut off bottom of stage. Bathrooms DISGUSTING! NO PARKING and no one directing people where to park due to over flow. The only positive thing was that the dressing area was decent.
Judging: Was contemporary biased. Never knew who they where - the program did not even list the judges. One judge did not even watch a couple solos. He was going through papers, talking to the staff next to him. Never even put his headphones on or picked up his mircophone. Do your JOB!
Staff: First, program a disgrace! Copied papers stapled together for $5. No list of judges or studios. What a joke. Broke down apparel tables 5 hours before competition was over. Really? The venue was that bad!
Awards: Crazy. Redid awards from previous night due to complications with scoring. Made no sense since most of the groups did not compete that day and where not there. Should have handled that internally and with the studios effected instead of wasting more time on the next day.
My daughter placed with a pointe piece because it was pointe. Not because it deserved it. Her lyrical received significantly higher points at 4 other competitions including 2 times at YAGP but the okay pointe piece placed. Made no sense and logically makes one question the judges credentials.
Communication: See above, especially venue. Initially was told the stage was 20' x 25' 5 days before comp then was told 40' x 25'. This was the worst experience I have ever had.
We truly realize what a struggle that was, and can't wait to come back to Worcester next season to give everyone that loves us exactly what they deserve... we have all our ducks in a row, and everyone that knows us, knows that we did the best we could under the circumstances. PS... Your studio must be big... the stage was adequate for most of the performers, but the production # that had 74 dancers was amazing. the teacher told me it was the best she had seen it all season... lol..Enjoy summer! Dan and the crew.
Dan and the crew
Yours in Dance,
We attended the "Sparta" (actually West Orange) regionals last month. The venue was way too small, but we were repeated reassured that next year's venue was already booked and way bigger. The people running the event were super nice, and the kids all had such a fun time competing. The judges' scoring was strange at times, but I loved that they only gave out Elite to the dances that really deserved it. The event ran close to on time. Overall, a very pleasant experience...would be happy to do it again
We are at the High School next year... hope to see you there... 1,200 seats and the stage is huge... enjoy summer! Dan and the crew
Dan and the crew
Yours in Dance,
This past weekend in Syracuse was one of the worst venues with no stage the kids danced on the floor with the judges very close and lights so close they were being blinded. Some groups too big for the "stage", and where dancers were forced to dance off stage sometimes because of it. Only way to see your child dance was to watch a screen on the side. Pictures and videos were bad. Judging was all over the place, seemed biased to convention attendees. Convention should be after competition is over, or don't use convention teachers for judges. All in all a bad experience. You had over 500 dance entries, you should be able to afford a stage. Hoping not to go back.
Not impressed at all! No stage! The dancers danced on the floor with judges about 2 feet from them. You couldn't even see your hold dance because there was a 3 foot curtain up and again THEY DANCED ON THE FLOOR!!! Also there were girls dancing that performed in advanced division at other competitions and were intermediate at this competition. I know that part was not the comps fault. I truly hope our studio owner doesn't ask us to go back to this competition. I also felt that the judging was all over the place. If you are going to have the judges so close to the audience you may want to make sure they actually watch the dancers. I witnessed the judges not looking at the dancers at all. Some holding their hands over their microphones and talking to each other. Overall not the best comp we have been to and when I am spending the kind of money we do to watch our children dance I would expect at least a pleasent environment for them to dance in.
Great comp for all dancers!
thanks for that! We work hard to make that happen.
Best best best Nationals! So much fun and inspiring.
Thanks so much! Glad you had fun! See you all soon, Dan and the Crew
Good competition & great experience. This was my first experience with
this competition and we were very satisfied. Judges were fair and diverse
in their opinions. Definitely would recommend.
Thanks so much for your kind words. We try real hard to do it all just
right..... sometimes all of the pieces just fit together...Have a grerat
season... Dan and the Crew
Fun competition, but very dark venue. I also did not like how you got
rubber band braclets considering it was an expensive comp, and no one wants
a rubber band.
You should see the new pins.... gorgeous. sorry to disappoint with the
bracelets... Hope to see you again!
Overall good comp. Judges definitely preferred ballet over jazz. Event ran
on time, organized. Awards were a little lackluster, not a fan of the
You should see the new pins! GORGEOUS!!! We always run on time... well at
least 95% of the time.... :) Thanks for being with us!
Staff was great! It was a large event but we never felt like just another
number. We will def go back!
Wow.... that\'s exactly what i hoped to see when I started this company
13 years ago! You just made me tear up a little... Thanks a BUNCH... Dan
and the Crew
I hope we never attend this competition again. Very nice staff but so
difficult when your child\'s team works so hard at technique, and the
routines that placed and won the highest adjudication (while definitely
having entertainment value) did NOT have technique. So disappointing. Kids
that didn\'t point their toes placed in overalls and a boys team (while
very cute) had zero technique and was given the highest adjudication. Crazy
scoring. Our teams work too hard technically to run behind in judging due
to \"cuteness\". Not a top notch competition for the serious dancers.
So sorry to hear this. I remember your event in the Raleigh area. The teams
were great. They all did well. Sorry you didn\'t have a more positive
experience. Good luck in the future, and keep up in those technique
Dancers Inc. is a competition with a family feel where each dancers is
truly appreciated as an artist. There are several things I love about
Dancers Inc. I love how the judges make dancers work for the highest medal
and do not just give them away, I believe the critiques received are very
helpful and are very in depth to actually be useful in cleaning a piece.
Another thing I love is how quickly and efficiently the awards ceremonies
go, as well as the fact that the competition always runs on time or ahead!
The title program at Dancers Inc. also seems to be SUPER COOL! I am
definitely going to be back, and would recomend this competition to anyone!
Thanks so much!
Did not enjoy this competition, you could not even see the judges faces and
people were cheating and putting advanced dancers in beginner!
Did you complain to the event manager about the students being in the wrong
categories? Teachers and Studio Owners put them in those categories, not
the competition...Good luck in your dance career...
We attended the Raleigh regional this year, and it was an overall
1- Great staff, everyone was so nice and
I\'m not sure what the \"favoritism\" comments were based
on but we
were a small studio, first timers, and the Director and other
staff members came to me and introduced themselves.
agreed with the
judges assessment of my dances (except one, see
cons)...I thought it was
tough but fair across the board.
3- They ran
thought the awards ceremony was fun, and lots
1- I don\'t agree with studio codes
announced before a dance comes on stage. Judges are only human; I
knowing who is onstage can trigger a biased score... This is the
I\'ve been to that does this.
2- No concessions...in the
nowhere, a hot auditorium, and tired/hungry dancers and
viewers means we
need a concessions stand!
3- Although MOST of the
judging was fair, I
did see a group of boys (though adorable) receive
the highest adjudication
for a routine that was not well executed.
I\'m all for encouraging boys
to dance (that\'s why special awards
are so great since they aren\'t
based on scores) but giving them an
elite gold just because they\'re boys
seems unfair to dancers who
really earned that adjudication. Especially
because elite golds were
given out sparingly (which I appreciated). I think
it cheats the boys
out of getting a truly realistic assessment of their
abilities. Just My
Overall, I would give Dancer\'s
another try! EDITED: Received judges comments and they were great!
Agree with all they said, I thought they were very informative and
Thank you so very much for your insightful critique. I love when people
offer valuable information like this. We will be back in 2017! hope to see
you there, and we will chat with the school regarding the concessions....
Dan and the Crew...
Horrible Competition! They only cared about butt shaking and hip hop, no
lyrical or ballet was able to place high. Very biased. Sure to never go
so sorry you feel that way. If you would like to call me in the office to
chat about your experience, I\'d love that. Keep working on your
technique, and let the judges opinions fuel you to do better, and take more
classes, ok.... Best of luck.. If you want to call, the office number is
Friendly and helpful staff. Judging is fair and critiques very helpful. Dan
is always supportive to the kids... And an amazing resource for teachers. I
have been going to this competition since it first started and every year
it continues to get better.
WOW... Thanks for the support! I am a lucky guy to be able to do this, and
i never take that for granted... Your words touched my heart....xxo db
I did not appreciate having to view the program on my phone. Printed
programs are great to have at the competition and afterwards as well.
Please consider bringing them back. Also, the adjudication medal should at
least say the award given. We had to write in sharpie on the back what she
received. A pin saying \"high gold\" would have been much more
appreciated than the medal and the cheap rubber bracelet. Although I liked
that the awards ceremony did not drag on, it felt very rushed and did not
give the dancers the proper credit for the hard work they did on stage.
Thanks for your input.... We totally agree with the programs. UGH!!!!
Thanks for your input!
This was our second year at Dancers Inc. While we enjoyed the competition
overall, there were some things that could be improved upon. The judging,
while hard, seemed fair across the board. We didn\'t see any
favoritism--toward any specific studio or dance style. Which is refreshing.
All the studios were phenomenal and everything was very positive. The staff
was very friendly and helpful. The awards were a little long, but they were
fun for the dancers with the little gifts they tossed around. The main
issue was the venue. It was SAT weekend and since the venue was a high
school, there was no entrance until after 2 pm on Saturday. This wreaked
havoc with the schedule. Friday night until midnight, Saturday night until
nearly midnight, and then Sunday morning we started at 7:30 a.m. The
school, while beautiful, was too small for the amount of dancers, parents,
teachers and audience. Parking was insanity. Since there was limited space,
people were parking on the street, which was in a residential neighborhood.
At one point, police were ticketing cars. The dressing room was also
insanity. There wasn\'t enough room for all the dancers. At least once,
male custodians came into the girls\' dressing room, even after being
told girls were changing. The stairs were slippery and I know of at least
two dancers who fell down the stairs because they were rushing to change in
tap shoes. The other disappointment was the actual awards.
Solos/duets/trios got medals, but unless you placed in the top whatever,
dancers in groups only received a rubber bracelet. The group dancers were
bummed; at least last year they got ribbons we could puttheir name/dance
name/score on and they could hang them up or display them. I\'m sure
we\'ll return to Dancers Inc. as it was a good competition with some
really fantastic studios, but I hope they reconsider this venue for next
year and consider going back to ribbons or pins for the dancers.
I love this competition! The staff is very open with all of the my
choreographers and will have full blown conversations with them to just
make them feel welcome. I am surprised to see the other comments about not
letting the participants of another competition site know there was no
competition. I have found nothing but love for this competition and I will
be very sad to graduate and not be able to attend as a dancer anymore. I
will definitely still go to the competitions to support my team and to see
all of the Dancers Inc staff again.
I am also totally disappointed with this competition. I did not even
receive notice that the competition/convention was being canceled. I had to
call and find out!! This is no way to run a business.
I would give negative stars if I could. Our competition team has been
preparing to attend this competition and dance convention since September
2015. We were all looking forward to it. Unfortunately today we were
informed that the convention and competition had been cancelled due to
Dancers Inc. not making enough money on competition entries and convention
fees even though there were other schools registered!!! Unbelievable!! Now
we have to scramble to reschedule our plans with regards to rehearsals and
a new competition and convention. We should have been notified weeks ago
of any potential problems with this event so that we could be better
Nice competition- usually on time. I\'m a bit disillusioned with this
competition as we had a dancer get sick minutes before entering the stage
and was unable to perform in the group dance. First we delayed our
performance number, hoping the dancer could revive himself after a short
rest and meds allowed to take affect. However, symptoms didnt improve so
the rest of the 6-8 year olds went onstage without one of their dancers.
Unfortunately points were deducted because not all dancers were on stage
and they did not perform on time. Things happen- such allowances should be
made... Even though they received a platinum award for their performance,
they were not eligible to place in the overalls due to the deductions that
So sorry to hear that you were a bit disillusioned. Just want
to clear up that we have never taken off points for an ill dancer in the
history of Dancers Inc.We encourage dancers to think on their feet, and be
adaptive. If anything, many of our judges commend them when they see that.
They are also informed prior to the number to not take points off for
obvious spacing issues regarding an absent/ sick dancer. What happened was
that the group was ineligible for overalls because they had already
adjudicated and given the awards and overalls for their division. We
don\'t offer Platinum at our events so I am wondering if you have the
correct competition.... Anyway, I want to say thanks for giving your
review, and as always.... Keep striving to work and teach your children the
values of good sportsmanship...as you obviously have by the tone...For
that, I am truly thankful to you. You are always welcome to call the office
if you need clarification on anything at all... Yours in Dance, Dan
I cannot say enough about this organization and the staff who run it.
Aw shucks!!!! We work very hard to make our events top notch. Thanks for
the support... Dan and the crew..
Very fun weekend!our school had a blast!!
;} Thanks a bunch! Dan and the crew
We were not allowed into the dressing room until a few minutes before my
daughter was scheduled to dance (she was one of the first of the day).
Other than that, Dancers Inc. is a very professionally run competition and
the awards were fun and the judging very fair.
Thanks for your kind words about our events.... Just want to let you know
that we open the doors a standard 1/2 hour before the event stars. If the
first 5 dancers have 30 minutes to prepare and get back stage, we have
always found that to be a perfect amount of time to get the day started...
Hope my explanation helped a bit... And We hope to see you again in the
future... Yours in Dance, Dan
Great competition, staff was excellent!!
A wonderful competition. Great staff! friendly and fun. Looking forward
to this year. I highly recommend this competition.
Top notch organization. I attended the nationals at the Claridge in
Atlantic City with my niece, she\'s the dancer not me, and we couldn\'t
have had a better time or felt more welcomed. Dan Barris\'s relationship
with the kids, studios, and families made this trip beyond what we
expected. Being in a wheel chair can sometimes be difficult getting into
places, Dan really went above and beyond, and made sure we were set. I
would certainly recommend Dancer\'s INC to anyone!
I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!! LOL So nice to see this. My response is long
overdue, but just to let you know, I would jump through hoops and twirl
fire batons for you and your family... the studio was wonderful, the kids
were wonderful, and all of the parents were so much fun! We need to discuss
that Cruise!!!! lol... Happy New Year! Dan
Loved it! Will definitely go again!
Thanks so much. I am glad that we made your day a good one. We work hard to
make that happen, and a kind word is always welcome. ;} Dan and the crew
Very kind and warm environment for our dancers. And the talent is
Thanks for yoyr kind words... We try our best! Dan and the crew... ;}
Always enjoyed DI!! Feel like judges are fair and will put an awesome tap
in the top or a jazz. It\'s not just contemporary winning first all the
time. Judges are well experienced. Everyone is friendly. Titlist program
is best going. Gives dancers best experience ever! Hoping our new studio
will try DI!!
WOW.... You truly left me speechless. Thanks for the amazing words of
support. Yours in Dance, Dan and the crew
Great weekend of dance! Friendly faces, Professional, overall great job!
Can\'t wait for Nationals in AC
Dancers Inc was interesting. The only things I didn\'t like was they
already called out the next act before the one before it was even off
stage, which made a lot of dancers insecure and made us feel like they
didn\'t like us. The judges also seemed more consumed in their
conversation over critiques (there was only one critique video they all
had to share) I was watching my musical theater group critiques and you
couldn\'t even hear the music all you could hear was the judges blabbing
about childhood memories.
All of the staff members were very friendly. This was a fantastic
experience for my daughter.
The workshop was \"An amazing
My daughter will be returning next year
always a great experience :)
As always , Dancers Inc continues to provide dancers of ALL levels with
positive experiences onstage, helpful and honest critiques and a chance to
grow . This competition continues to evolve within the industry itself and
is also forward moving in the connections and opportunities it creates for
the students participating. Conventions are well planned and thoughtful re:
what dancers need . All of the staff are experienced in studio life and the
performing arts and info is available from everything from college to
Broadway and beyond -the Title program is more than a crown - it\'s a
real life learning experience for young artists ! Take some time and learn
about DI - I think it\'s worthwhile for Studios , parents and dancers !
As always, Dancers Inc. provided a wonderful weekend for my dancers.
Leading up to the competition, the office staff answered all of my
questions about my registration. At the event, the show ran on time, the
scoring was appropriate and fair, and the staff is welcoming and friendly.
We Love DI!!! It is always a positive atmosphere for our entire studio!!!
Great directors, staff and crew!!! Highly recommend!!!
BRING BACK Roy Lightner. He was the best teacher at the event last year and
the only reason we returned this year. Major loss that he no longer is
part of Dancers Inc. Also, no Keith at the event either?? What is
happening, we use to love DI???
Thanks for your review. So sorry to hear that Roy is the only reason you
attended DI...lol... He is now a full professor at a great school. He is
doing really well. Saw him this summer on a wedding cruise. People grow,
and schedules change, as does availability... Keith is now married and a
theater professor as well. We get them when we can, and not all of the same
Directors are available on the same weekends every year. I am sure the crew
that you had was amazing though... Chin up, and Happy 2016! Yours in Dance,
Dan and the crew.
Good competition! Very friendly staff! The issue was they ran late and some
of the judging wasn\'t as great as I would like it to be.
I cannot give this competition enough praise! I have attended it for
years in a row, and have had nothing but amazing experiences.
due to a change in DI\'s scheduling this year for the
event closest to me
I won\'t be able to attend. But Dancers Inc will
always be my favorite
competition. The staff ( some personal favorites
are; Dan, Randy, Eric, and
Roy) have always been nothing but kind and
extremely accommodating and
helpful. DI is the best of the best.
Extremely fair scoring, innovative
conventions, and top notch judges and
master teachers. Thank you for 5
years of fun in Maine!
I don\'t know how this competition gets away with scheduling a
competition over an entire weekend, with no consideration for the dancers.
First of all, they changed the venue at the last minute, then they
scheduled the dancers to dance until 11:15 at night. Even on a Sunday
night, when children and parents have to get to school/work the next day.
There should be a limit of entries, in order to accommodate a more
condusive schedule to their clients. We are paying them to compete, we are
not getting paid to be there. They should be catering to those putting the
bread in their mouths. Did they ever consider that some will be traveling
over an hour to reach the competition? Then arriving home at 1:00 a.m. on
a school night? Not only that, but our children will be taking mandatory
state testing that day. This is an outrageous schedule for a Sunday night.
I have never really cared for this competition - and this has put the nail
in the coffin.
The judges only watched 15 seconds of dance before scoring.( that\'s what
I am guessing because only one judge kept watching other two looked down
and my daughter was very upset because she likes to make eye contact and
only got the top of their heads.) Dancers obviously on a higher level
performing at lower category. The staff is great though. very informative
Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for the compliments, and to address the
criticism. ...When the judges are talking they are watching the computer
monitors in front of them. We use a very advanced scoring system so I just
want to assure you that the judges did see your daughter perform. Again,
thanks for your great comments about the cast and crew...Dan
DI is the best! We\'re looking forward to using the DanceComp Genie app
this weekend in Voohees!
We love Dancers Inc for the professional and friendly staff. It\'s always
a positive experience to be a part of this competition and convention.
The judging is great every year and the staff is unbelievably friendly:) DI
is a great competition for your dancers.
6 stars! Grab your kids and sprint, run, skip to DI! They are absolutely
the best around!
Thanks so much! Can\'t wait for the new season to start. Dan
Excited to get the season going with DI:) It is the best! Very passionate
and personal. Fun and fair! Our kids always leave feeling inspired and that
they are better dancers. Thanks Mr Dan!
This was so nice to wake up to this morning... ;) Thanks for the kind
words. I love my job! Dan
We had a very positive experience with them last year. Could not return
this year because of schedule conflicts but we will go back!
Can\'t wait to see you again. Dan
LOVE LOVE LOVE DI nation!!! The staff is absolutely wonderful! I\'ve been
going since the first year they came out in the competition circuit, which
was 10 whole years ago! If you are looking for a family friendly,
professionally ran competition with freakishly AMAZING convention classes,
Dancer\'s Inc is the place to be.
Dancers Inc. is most professional ran, and progressively challenging. I
can\'t say how much I truly enjoy being a fan of Dancers Inc, and Mr.
We have had the great fortune of attending this competition, over the past
10 years, for regionals, as well as nationals, once in Hershey and we just
returned from the NE Nationals. I LOVE this competition!!!!! It runs SO
very smoothly; the judges critiques are always beneficial; the staff is
AMAZING, starting from Mr. Dan and running all the way down the line. My
daughter, for the very first time, competed in the Titlist Program... she
stated it best when captioning the pictures she uploaded from the
experience: \"best time of my life\"... I LOVE Dancers Inc.!!
We strive to make our events a positive experience for everyone. Your
evaluation means the world to us. Xo db
By far, the best competition I have had the pleasure of attending with my
daughter and her dance school! The staff is so very considerate, from the
top, Mr. Dan, all the way across the board.. critiques are ALWAYS helpful.
I LOVE Dancer\'s Inc.!!!!
We LOVE Dancers Inc!
Such a friendly, fun staff, VERY fair judging,
excellent workshops and an overall wonderful environment. \"Mr\" Dan
goes out of his way to make EVERYONE feel welcome and comfortable. The
staff is very approachable and they all really try to remember the dancers,
as well as the teachers\' by name, but always by face.
Thanks for the kind words...db
Great staff. Runs smoothly. Good incentives if you go to UDMA. Classes are
usually canceled due to low attendance.
Thanks for the review. I see that you gave us 2 stars. Can you elaborate on
what needs improvement? Have classes been canceled in your area more than
once? We unfortunately did cancel once last year....it was Super bowl
we loved Dancers Inc. the girls all had a great time!
As always my dancers very much enjoyed Dancers Inc. They appreciate the
critiques they get and find them helpful and applicable. They really enjoy
the convention classes with the judges and this year was no different. As
we do this competition year after year I have no complaint with the
competition itself but would like to see this (and all competitions really)
arrange the age levels so that dancers who have graduated high school are
in a separate age level and not competing against 16 and 17 year olds still
in high school. Overall my dancers love DI!
I understand, but I personally graduated high school at 19. I missed the
cut off by 2 days so my parents opted to put me in kindergarten the
following year. We try really hard to make the age divisions work at
DI....Remember too that we also have the 3 different levels. Thanks for
your kind words...Dan
I can\'t comment on the competition itself, but the way the owner
responded on here is rather disturbing.
I love Dancers Inc. And for those who say that judges don\'t pay
attention to certain studios, I am absolutely positive that they do not
play favorites. I come from a studio that has been very close to the DI
staff and directors for many years and our scores are not a reflection of
our relationship with the competition. And besides, the judging staff is
differently nearly every competition. I don\'t think I\'ve competed for
the same judging panel twice. I find the adjudications extremely accurate
and the overall experience at DI is a 10 out of 10. Thank you, Mr. Dan and
the DI staff for making my time with DI the best.
I have to say I\'m very surprised there were ANY negative comments on
Dancers Inc\'s page. Dancers Inc is unlike any other competition I\'ve
been to. You can really tell that the staff tries to form a relationship
and Mr. Dan is like a teddy bear! You can tell he\'s always trying to
make everyone\'s day as great as it can be. Also, they really accommodate
the boys well, giving them a decently sized dressing room unlike the
closests I\'ve seen some competitions give to the boys. On the topic of
boys, the judging is very fair. I recently attended a dance competition
with scoring that was truly ridiculous! I saw a perfect Advanced solo
performed by a beautiful girl and then right after came a sloppy, awkward
\"hip hop\" piece performed by a boy. Can you guess who won? THE BOY!
But at Dancers Inc judging is very fair. My friends dad always tries to
guess who\'s going to do well and his scoring is usual on point! He
\"judged\" at all our competitions and said DI was the most fair of all
of them. Dancers Inc doesn\'t give awards because of gender or studio
they give awards based on your score. Now segwaying into the topic of
studios... just noting on what people were saying about large studios,
there\'s a reason they do so well! Think about it, if I have to choose
between a studio that gets silvers and one that gets Elite Awards, I\'m
going to choose the one that does better at competition (a reflection of
good training) . There\'s a reason these studios are big, it\'s because
Dancer\'s Inc. is a good and fair competition. My daughter
a mid sized studio and both my granddaughters
thing is (and this is common with most
factor\". If you are a male you
will almost always
you are a male regardless
if your female
superior and they
usually are. Mr.
Dan you are a
sweet and friendly man
(although a rather
host) and you should
not be so defensive of
those you are negative and
have complaints, they
elsewhere. And why is there 2 results for Tampa and none for the
Freehold NJ Area?
Thanks for your advice! Boy or boy do I wish you were the angel on my
shoulder last season when I responded to that comment that started all the
craziness. I guess you can\'t please everyone, right...Thanks again for
your kind words...db
Our studio\'s first ever competition! Our dancers had a blast! The
staff was great and helpful! We ran ahead of time the entire weekend.
They convention was also a blast with small class sizes and attentive
teachers. As a studio owner, the attention we received was outstanding!
It helped to give our kids a great first experience and I am positive we
will be back for years to come!
So glad that you enjoyed it. I am thrilled that we created a positive first
experience for your dancers....See you soon...Dan
I\'m glad there are some studios that had a good experience at
Dancer\'s Inc. Unfortunately, we did NOT have that good experience. Most
of our kids didn\'t even want to stay for the convention! I, too, found
that very often the judges were not paying attention to the dances. They
were VERY attentive when certain studios were on stage. After the comp, we
look forward to getting the corrections. However, many of the score sheets
didn\'t have any comments on them at all!The video was very vague. All in
all, the weekend was a major letdown. Have been to many other comps that
I\'d recommend over this one.
I own a small dance studio in Northern NJ. Our first year of competition
was last year in which I brought six dancers to Dancers Inc in Secaucus and
performed one dance...yes one intense contemporary dance. We won 2nd
overall. Missed 1st by half a point. I don\'t understand the whole
favoritism factor..If they favored the schools that brought more dances,
how did we do so well? Take the corrections, better your students..we will
be gladly returning again this year with six dances...and I am sure there
will be plenty of studios there with tons and tons more dances but I
believe in the quality of my students..and as for Mr. Dan..I have to say
from the minute I walked in to the facility he greeted me, introduced
himself and made me and my little studio feel welcome. As we all know in
this business, you cannot please everyone.
♡ Thanks for posting this....db
I have always had positive experiences with Dancers Inc. and recommend this
competition to my studio owner friends. My students and parents love Mr.
Dan and his staff and look forward to his competitions and conventions. The
events run on time, with usable corrections from the judges. These negative
reviews are blowing my mind and are over the top ridiculous. I\'ve been
involved with the competitive dance world for 25 years and have seen studio
codes announced often. This is not some crazy opportunity to show
favoritism, simply a way to keep things organized. To say that you could
hear conversations between judges is nonsense. It\'s too loud when the
kids are dancing to hear the person next to you in most venues, so to
suggest that is just not logical. Title winners for DI have always worked
the events, it\'s part of being a winner of such a position. They
don\'t just slap a crown on the winner and say goodbye. These kids
actually get a year long learning experience. If you are complaining that
you aren\'t happy with what you brought home, then get back in the studio
and work harder. There are many competitions that will just take your
money, barely acknowledge you or your dancers unless you have a huge
studio, and send everyone home with platinums, super diamond, and mega
elite awards so they keep coming back. If that\'s your cup of tea then
Dancers Inc is clearly not a good fit for you. I will never be interested
in paying all that money for a trophy. I want my students and teachers to
be truly judged on what is brought on stage. I want real critiques that I
can use to make my dancers stronger and choreography more amazing,
regardless of my studio size. I want awards that are realistic and
representative of my dancers\' performance. That\'s what my studio
family has always gotten from Dancers Inc. Mr. Dan is friendly with
EVERYONE. If you saw him talking to dancers or parents from other studios
and assumed that they were his favorites, well that\'s on you.
I was also at this competition and what was reported here is correct. I
think whoever decides to come to this sight will see where the pettiness is
coming from. If you were not there how can you speak to what occurred, I
am sure you had a positive experience and that is what your comments should
be about. Who disrespected the judges, no one that I saw, quite the
opposite. This competition was expensive and the fact that studio codes
were announced before each dance, title holders working the competition and
also performing are certainly a reason to question the results If you
scroll down to last summer you will see similar comments. The most
negative and insulting comments come from those \"supporting\" DI, and
also have a very familiar tone to them, Just sayin...
As a mother of six ,five which are daughters four of the five have been
literally dancing since birth,it saddens me to see adults acting like
spoiled children. I have been in the world of dance for 25 years and I have
never seen such pettiness as I have been reading in the ratings for
Dancers Inc. Not only has Dancers Inc. become a part of our family, the
staff and most of all Mr. Dan have always shown extreme professionalism in
all they do. My daughters have always been treated and judged fairly. I
think some of the remarks that were made were by parents that obviously
have told there children that they are perfect in every way and deserve
only the best no matter how they perform. This unfortunately is not
teaching them anything.Yes, my one daughter has been and is a current
Titlist. It has taught her Responsibility, Respect and Regard for herself
and others.She danced long hours, took many workshops, competed in dozens
of competitions and had the best teachers I know. All of her hard work
payed off and with the help and encouragement from all of Dancers Inc.
I think these parents have all forgotten the 3 R\'s,
\"Responsibility\" as parents to teach you children to \"Respect\"
the Judges, and \"Regard\" for themselves and others. If these parents
think there children were treated or scored unfairly they are so wrong. No
one is perfect and if you think your child is perfect then maybe they
should try walking on water. Better yet, maybe they should try dancing on
water. I only know of one person that could do that and I wonder what his
score would be?
Thank you Mr. Dan and all of your Staff for all you do
and will continue to do.
The day you wouldn\'t recommend DI because your kid (s) or
didn\'t win .., well Boo Hoo to U Mr/Mrs.KillJoy!!! And
other individual that made the hilariously ignorant
competition Director\" comment..It\'s CONSTRUCTIVE
CRITICISM not a personal attack! Use it as a tool to step ya game up
instead?! Listen, I\'m sure you\'re quite chapped about your loss.
feel wronged. ANY clue of the stress he was under?!I am well aware
of how hard you need to work to
make your mark . I\'ve competed in a
wide range of competitions, the last
being Powerlifting. I gave my all
.. Blood, sweat & many tears... In
fact, I\'ve lost competitions
randomly and many times to boot It\'s
sculpted me.It\'s a Love,
Passion & Personal Journey. Gather yourself,
regroup & get back at it.
That\'s what the truly passionate do.
Point being... You
didn\'t see me go and burn the damn gym I last
competed at down to the
ground over my loss. Get ahold of yourself
Grow up and
realize that what Mr.Dan was doing (after he
encouraged ALL reviews) was
give FEEDBACK . Nothing more. There is ZERO
need for a mature adult to
read into something that isn\'t there.
Isn\'t there !! PERIOD!!!
More importantly, you are kind of showing your
kids how to suck at life
by responding like a complete Arse.
has YEARS of
experience, a ridiculously popular company, a true Passion &
the soul of every dancer and NOTHING but the best interest of
every dancer on the forefront !! He simply gave Feedback. There
comment made. He read it .. Clearly respects it , absorbed it
responded as he should have . How dare you try to bash the man who is
of the contributing factors/reason to why your kid even LOVES
Positive feedback stories were very sweet & painted a clear
picture of the
company and the man I will continue to network with . In
you\'re gonna be a good Pitcher.. You Better be a good
Catcher !! NUFF
SAID !!! Lucille Balle
Dancers Inc. is like no other dance competition… I am so looking forward
to our experience this coming April in Jackson, NJ. Mr. Dan and his staff
are truly one of a kind; compassionate, honest, professional, educational
and most of all loving. They have contributed to many charities, benefits
and have promoted the responsibility of character in all of their dancers
and staff. Love you DI
I am a competitive tap teacher who has been in the business over 30 years.
I was not at the competition this weekend, but one of the schools I teach
for was. I came on this website to see the reviews of the competition, and
what is the most shocking is Dan\'s response to the negative critics.
There is a way to respond to negativity without bashing the writer (whether
they put their name or not.)I am the first to tell my students if you
don\'t like what you received, work harder. Unfortunately they will now
pull up Dan\'s response to the negative feedback as proof that it was a
terrible experience. I remember when Dan was with Starbound and I always
enjoyed bringing my students there. I hope this quick note is
I agree with you Maureen. Thank you for taking the time to write down your
thoughts. The comments all came from the same studio. There were 22 studios
present at that event and the level of talent was exceptional. DI had 21
of the 22 studios present leave happy. I guess my response was a way for me
to attempt to defend the honor of my hard working crew. I understand that
all schools have different interpretations of what happened on that
isolated weekend. I just think that after such a long weekend of
competition, for one studio to bash me so blatantly, instigated my rather
crass response.I was feeling at that moment rhat she was bashing me and I
had a right to defend not only my self, but all comps...Trust....I have
also learned from that experience. Yours in Dance, Dan
I have known Mr Dan since before Dancers Inc- when he worked for
competition. His warmth and genuine concern for the well being
dancers is what brought me to Dancers Inc way back when. I have
small studio- sometimes only bringing 3 or 4 dances and do not
nationals, BUT we have never been treated with anything but
kindness by Dan and all of his staff. We have scored
winning 1st overalls & receiving scholarships) and also
Golds. But what our dancers and parents remember most
experiences at DI is that Mr Dan remembers their names, that
he takes the
time to take silly pictures with them & their burlesque
fans,that he loves
riccotta cookies &that when he found out we had a few
first time duets he
made a point of telling them to just go out and have
fun because that is
what is important. And yes, there have been a few
times that I felt we
could have scored higher- also have seen some
dances from other studios I
thought maybe deserved higher- but it is the
nature of the beast- not
FAVORITISM. We teach our dancers to do their
personal best each time they
dance but that the most important thing is
that they show their passion for
dance. I tell them that judging is
subjective- not objective and 2 judges
can have the complete opposite
opinion about the same dance. This happens
at all competitions. The
other wonderful thing about DI is that they dont
keep us there until
ridiculous hrs like many others. My students also love
Mr Dan, Travis, Coleman- you can\'t please everyone-
over the negatives. It is probably best these studio dont
because if they have chips on their shoulder towards DI -then
probably treated their follow competitors poorly backstage as
an assumption)- and those of us who teach the value of hard work
passion and respect and the importance of being a good loser as well
winner-dont really want to be around them anyway
I really cant rate this competition as we have not attended yet a Dancers
Inc Competition... I see that there are many great reviews but I also see
that there are many unfavorable ones. I can truely understand why someone
would not want to put their name of their reviews. I cant beleieve what was
written by the director of this competiton and His Cooments loving the
insults being thrown by other parents at anyone who does write something
nice. As a parent, I have already contacted my studio director letting her
know I do not think we should attend this competition. If she does dicide
to go to Dancers Inc, my 2 daughters will not be attending this
competition. that is a choice she will have to make. Word of mouth can grow
a buisness or destroy it. I wish you take some of these comments that
Parents, teacher, and studio owners have made and not think as you put it
sore losers..... maybe they are seeing something you and your team are not.
Wow I am appalled by all if this negative feedback! Dancers Inc is a
wonderful loving, friendly and fair competition. I am the owner/director of
a dance studio and I have never experienced any bit of negatively or
unfairness while attending regionals. I have also however never attended
nationals and was never penalized or treated differently because of it.
The judges have much more credibility then most other competitions we have
attended. I have to disagree with the negative comments about Mr. Dan
WHATTTTT???? I\'m sorry but are we thinking of the same man who genuinely
greets and chats with everybody??? That is just absurd! He chats with kids
backstage and gets them hyped along with trying to be the most personal
person to everybody which is probably why he was jokingly skipping down a
hallway.. It severely disgusts me that someone would try to ruin the
reputation of such a wonderful company. Dance competition is a learning
experience WE don\'t always win! I\'m pretty sure if you were part of
one of the studios who did In fact walk home top overall winners you
wouldn\'t have a negative comment to make. As far as talking of another
studios routine that is just as bad as all if your false allegations of the
dance competition!! How dare anybody be the judge of another studio.
Obviously different day different judges could of been a different outcome.
Losing makes kids work harder when they compete against a technically
better studio. I teach my kids that they must strive to be their very best
but there is nobody perfect and absolutely someone better somewhere. If you
didn\'t do well and are just feeling bitter MOVE ON.. But please remember
what an impact and role model you are to your students/children not a good
look. Try and teach good sportsmanship and teach them to appreciate talent
and not to hate on the people who do better then them or to badger the
judges because you didn\'t like the outcome. Keep your negative false
accusations to yourself or at least fess up.
This was my 10th year with DI; 5 of them as a Studio Director;As an old
teacher but new director they were very kind and guiding - even helping me
pick other comps and associations to affiliate my studio with -- DI is an
HONEST, FAIR competition that not only cares about every kid that crosses
the stage but sets an example for them with an honest representation of
what it means to work in the industry;My mother would say its the UNSEEN
devil you should fear -- if you SEE the staff mingling and conversing and
\"playing\" with studios and dancers - then its not a secret is it?? My
studio has come in first some seasons and gotten silver others ... and we
deserved it each time -- DI judges hard bc they dont want any child to go
out in the dance world with less than adequate training... its not
snobbery...I use all critiques as teaching tools - I teach my kids to learn
even from negatiave comments - I have one complaint with DI and its not
with the comp -- I want their videos and photos availabe online for
Directors POST comp since I dont have the time to sit and shop AT the event
. LOVE DI bringing my brand new teams ASAP so they can get the benefits -
Speechless.... You are too kind. I appreciate your insight. We will discuss
the Vodeo issue in the office.... Until then, Let them eat cake! LOL
We have attended this competition for many years and have always found it
to be fair, on time and extremely attentive to the needs of the Dancers and
Studio owners. I would recommend it to anyone.
Thank you! Dan
I have 3 girls who all dance and each perfoms on different levels. One
who has specials needs and just wants to perform like her sisters! Dancers
inc made that happen! That day all of us will never forget and thank you
from the bottom of our hearts. As for scoring, I always found to be fair.
At times my kid or kids placed and at times they didn\'t and each and
every time they knew how they did. All this does is make my kids work and
look forward to seeing their score sheets for advice. As for the staff
being friendly, we enjoy the interaction as do the kids. Heck most of our
kids from our \"small\" studio looks forward to corrections and getting
a chance to meet with the judges or staff at convention. It\'s all a
learning experience and DI is my kids favorite competition. Every time my
kids come back learning something new, made new friends etc. We look
forward to many more years with DI!
Wow... I\'ve had the privelage of seeing Dan and e DI staff in action in
many cities over many years and not only are they the most amazing group of
people, but one with incredible integrity. A beauty queen who loses
sometimes thinks she was robbed. Meanwhile the audience thinks who\'s
that buck-toothed hag coming to this competition is a Sears Sunday dress
and flats? Just like a studio thinks their dancers are the most amazing
dancers they\'ve ever seen... Maybe the best in their studio, but there
are many studios. I\'ve seen literally over 1,000 results handed out at
DI comps and NEVER felt one was out of place. They genuinely care about the
dancers, work tirelessly to provide a safe, clean, fair competition.
They\'ll even tell the delusional beauty queen what she needs to do to
win. The beauty queen can either look in the mirror and do the work, or
come to this website and bash one of the best comps in the business. There
should be a rule against sore losers posting to this site immediately after
they receive scores they don\'t like. If you don\'t want to be judged,
maybe stick to parades and stay out of competitions. If a panel of judges
says you have a lot of work to do. Maybe that means you\'re not as
awesome as you think you are.
Is this My 2 dads? You crack me up. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Some
days you just can\'t please everyone. It\'s all about the journey,
Reading the responses to the comments explains how poorly run this
competition is. As an owner reading the negative comments you should try to
regain their business not take offense and tell them they were not up to
the standards of your competition. You are a middle range competition. No
Hall of Fame or KAR don\'t act like you are above anyone who attends your
events. If you don\'t want recreational dancers get rid of your future
star and rising star categories because that is what they are for lower
ability dancers. How can you talk about motivation when you are putting
dancers down by saying that they aren\'t good enough for you. We have
attended much larger and more talented competitions and have never
experienced anything like this. I am by no means unhappy with my students
receiving the awards they received I am beyond unhappy with the
professionalism and the complete disregard for dance studios that don\'t
attend your Nationals. You ask for teachers and directors to seek you out
and talk to you, but we are your customers. YOU should seek us out and
introduce yourself as the director and welcome us. They shouldn\'t have
to chase you down. I have never been to a competition that the director sat
at the judges table for the majority of the day. With score sheets getting
changed without judges signatures, the ones that pass through the hands of
you/your other directors before reaching the tabulator, seems extremely
suspicious. The previous comment expressed the overly friendly
relationships, studio codes being announced, lack of judges attention, and
studio directors talking to judges at the judges table in between dances so
I won\'t go into it. The awards though, what competition gives a general
plaque with no description just \"group winner\". Paying $35 a dancer
per group you\'d think you could give an award with the actual title
gold, high gold ect. Your giving participation awards.
Needless to say
this is a poorly run competition and would never recommend anyone.
Thank you for your most valuable insight....You\'re the best!Good Luck
with the rest of your season. Dan
I was also at this competition and I sat behind the judges and
myself that they were not paying attention to all of the
same level of attention on stage. They were talking
dancer they had just watched from one of the
schools who was
absolutely an excellent dancer while my
dancing, they WERE NOT
watching her dance.I saw and
heard it for myself.
codes before each dance
objectivity of the judges, we have
been going to
competitions for 14
years and I have never seen this done, it
a \"Halo Effect\".
The studio you dance for should be
and not part of the
judging process. It seems to me based on
observed, that the
judges level and intensity of observation
driven by the announced
studio code. It was clear and obvious,
was a dance in one
of the small group categories. It won
1st place while
bouncing basketballs on stage, I
thought it was a
recreational dance, or
a joke. You can say these
comments are sour grapes
to explain these
questionable practices, but
I know what I saw. We went to
competition in good faith, we
have many strong dancers with long
significant track records of
success, this has nothing to do with
we did or didn\'t do.
All we expected was a level playing
field and a
and objective judging process which I am
Interesting comment above the tone and
wording looks very familiar,
the fact is I never said anything about the
results of the judging, in
my opinion, there wasn\'t any. I am sure you
have many AMAZING!!!!
testimonials, this was my honest and personal
experience, even if I am
just a old hag in my Sears sunday best dress.
This site is here for a
reason, people can take the information and decide
for themselves what
to believe, sore loser, concerned parent, or vengeful
This was the first and LAST time I will be attending Dancers Inc. I have
never been to a competition run as unprofessionally as Dancers Inc. The
amount of favoritism showed by the Dancers Inc. staff left me speechless.
They did not even try to hide the fact that they only cared about certain
studios in attendance. Studio codes being announced before each dance
entered the stage in my personal opinion allowing judges to know which
dances to watch and score well depending on your studio. I say this only
because if you were not from a certain studio the judges were talking to
each other, turning around looking in the audience, fixing their hair and
not even paying attention to the dancers on stage. They have their
titleholders working at the competition and performing before awards, which
wouldn’t be such a huge deal, but when the titleholder is actually there
with their studio and competing it is just not right! There was studio
directors of the favored studios hanging out up near the judges table?
Owners of the competition were walking hand and hand with top scoring
soloist winners. At awards the directors of the competition were calling
girls from certain studios by name and telling personal stories about how
well they know each other. I also had a huge problem with the awards given
out… no trophies just plaques that did not even tell you what award or
placement you received they just said group winner. Dancers Inc is one of
the most expensive competitions we have entered our students in and they
cannot even write on their plaques what you are actually winning?! Lastly
my absolute favorite, as we went through the score sheets after the
competition there were multiple times where we had scores scribbled out
with new ones written underneath it. Dancers Inc. has left our students
upset and down on themselves and myself speechless and mortified at how
they can run a business in such a way.
I\'m so sorry that you feel this way ANONYMOUS
TEACHER... We had more Title Holders present that did not perform.... I
also wanted you to know that before this weekend, the Judging panel had
never seen any of our current Title Winners. They had no idea who they were
until after they were finished competing. The one Title Holder that did
perform, who\'s studio was present, danced on the second day, and he
had no competition on that day....He competed the day before, on Saturday,
and only came on Sunday to support his studio. One of the Judges actually
looked over at me and laughed.... She said, \"I had no idea that he was
your reigning Jr. Mr.,\" and the other 2 Judges agreed. I also wish to
clarify that the judges were not speaking to eachother, they were speaking
in to the microphones. I\'m sorry that you left with such a bad taste in
your mouth. I also need to let you know that I speak not only for myself,
but almost every Competition out there. Not every Studio wins all the
time...The variables always change, and there are no favorites.... BUT....
The cream rises to the top... Some days you are on top,some you are not. If
you don\'t like the results, work harder! ( I figure I can tell you the
truth, because you will obviously never be back...lol...)As with life, not
everyone wins all of the time.... Also, one more little tid bit.... One of
the most winning schools this weekend was a smaller studio, that doesn\'t
bring that many dances...
I am a very friendly person, and I\'m
glad that you mentioned that I called some special people\'s names at
AWARDS... AWARDS being the key word..... The judging was already done by
that point, and the judges weren\'t even present. It\'s not my first
time at the rodeo my dear.... I wish you well with your career, and when
you awake from your introspective, and want to offer a critique with a name
and affiliation attached, I will gladly be happy to work with you. Now you
leave yourself looking like a sore loser, and a coward who doesn\'t dare
to show her/himself...... I call that a kin to Bullying, how about you...
Ahh.... and yes, if you look next to the scores, the judges
initialed them as a statement that they were, and are, always the ones
representing the change... We also judge in pen, much better than pencil,
don\'t you think? I hope the video critiques are a great guide for you
and your dancers....The judges didn\'t stop talking through a lot of
dances.... The only time our judges don\'t talk on the video is when they
are being thouroughly entertained, or when something is so bad that they
have nothing good to say...
Sad thing that I am getting ready to
push send on this, but I\'m so tired of these sites that hold noone
accountable for their shameful behavior, and the ability to randomly bash
an organization with no chance for rebutle. You need to realize that here,
I can respond.... I am happy for that. Please refer to the other one star
response from, (I assume,) your studio to read about who I was running down
the hall with holding hands...
I appreciate you sharing your
experience with the world. Dancers Inc. hires extremely qualified judges,
and the staff is always accomodating...My job is to objectively offer a
critique to a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level dancer, not to over
inflate their egos, and tell them that they are perfect for Broadway
I spoke to 11 of the 13 schools who attended this past
weekend and they were all thrilled with their results... Oh, and PS.... How
about me giving the \"Props\" award to all of the dads that I had never
met from 3 different studios! Amazing moment, wasn\'t it? 3 sets of dads,
from different places and studios, all coming together for their
children..... reviews like this, from you, I will gladly take under
consideration, but they are far inferior when moments that special
happen.....Those dads taught us all the true meaning of healthy
competition, don\'t you think.... And that\'s what it\'s really
I respectfully wish you well in the future... Dan
This was possibly the WORST competition I\'ve ever attended. I don\'t
even know where to start. Dancers Inc. didn\'t even attempt to hide the
favoritism this weekend. The judges did not even watch our dances. I
clearly saw them looking around at the audience and down at their tables
pretty much the entire performance. I then saw one of the directors of the
competition walking down the hallway hand in hand with top scoring senior
soloist. Some of our soloists went from consistently winning platinums to
winning high silvers and golds. HUGE waste of time and money. Safe to say
this was the first AND LAST time ever attending dancers inc.
I\'m so sorry that you feel this way. I wish you had introduced
yourself....I am friends with everybody, not just a select few... I did
walk down the hall with Lauren, you are correct. She deserved everything
that she got, and the judges that were judging the event had never judged
her before.You were all on an even playing field. There was no favortism as
the judges had no idea who was there.... Lauren was one of 3 girls from all
over the country that was asked to stay at the Tisch audition this
year..... When she told me that,I did go skipping down the hall with her,
my heart filled with joy, as she is one of the most dedicated dancers that
I have ever had the honor of meeting. Oh, PS.... she ran for Titles at my
Nationals in Hershey last year, and placed 1st runner up. She had never
come in second before in her entire life, and dance career! She says it was
the most inspiring experience and one of the most motivating factors in her
life to date.... Now, There\'s some Motivation, Dedication, and
Determination that even I aspire to have.... Again, I wish you had
introduced yourself and realized that the schools that were winning could
have cared less where they placed amongst the talent that was there, they
just were there to embrace the chance to dance, and don\'t care whether
they win or lose, they do it for the growth and experience...It was also
some of the most amazing talent that I have seen this early in the season,
EVER... Good luck, and please keep working and enjoy your Platinums. When
you are auditioning for a Broadway show in the future and meet Lauren,
please introduce yourself. She\'s very sweet. Have a beautiful dance
year..... Mr. Dan
My daughters small dance school in Hillsborough has been attending Dancers
Inc for a number of years. Our school takes 10-12 dances in total and our
dances range in size from 3 dancers to 12 dancers this year. We LOVE
Dancers Inc. Dan and his staff are the best!!!. The whole competition is
great and always stays on schedule if not ahead of schedule!!! It is
professional and very fairly scored. You leave the competition feeling
good and the dancers most importantly leave feeling good about
Thank you so much for writing this. It has nothing to do with the size of
your studio! The quality performances always rise to the top.... Your post
is appreciated.... Dan
I\'m sure we will NOT be attending this competition again. I felt the
judging and scoring was inconsistent, tap especially. 2 of our girls go to
NYC to the Rockettes summer intensive and they got gold??? I agree that
larger studios, that brought lots of numbers and $$$, seem to do very well.
It was also apparent that there were personal relationships with many of
the students from the larger studios. Our kids took note of this, as well.
It is all a learning experience. Even if you want to \"thank\" the
larger studios, you shouldn\'t be offensive with the scoring of
\"other\" studios. And, no, we aren\'t a \"recreational\" team as
you would suggest.
So sorry to read this. I wish you had spoken to Travis or Kim at the event,
they thought things went extremely well. They did say that a couple of
studios had some really stand out performances, and that the judging was
very fair though.... One of your Judges at that event was actually a
Rockette for years. She would have loved to have met them....Wishing you
much luck in the future. Keep working hard, and having the girls pursue
their dreams. Dan
My wife and I love Dancer\'s Inc. The staff is terrific (special
outs to Kim, Travis and Roy) and we LOVE Dan. I must say that our
attends numerous competitions throughout the year, but as a
prefer going to the Dancer\'s Inc competitions. Looking
Nationals at Foxwoods in July *we are making a family
vacation out of it!
SWEET..... The penny machines are calling me.... LOL... I won $11.00 the
last time I went....woohoo!!!!
We have not attended this competition in years and with good reason. We
are a small studio. On average, our competition fees are $2200-$2500 per
competition. We have been competing for 9 years and have done well both
regionally and nationally at other competitions. The last time we attended
this competition, it was our last competition of the season and we actually
received a few silvers and high silvers with pieces that had received High
Golds and Platinums prior, as well as placing overall. You can tell by
Dan\'s remarks to everyone else that stated this below that he will come
back with \"Well, your studio is more recreational, I hope you find
another competition that is more recreational like your studio because
clearly, you are not at our level.\" Really!!! Don\'t attend this
competition unless you are sending a BIG check. If my pieces scored low at
every competition, I would say so.
Hello Melissa, First, I want to thank you for reviewing our competition! By
doing so, it appears in the top of the feed today, and anyone now looking,
can see the stellar comments posted after yours. At Dancers Inc. we value a
strong work ethic, and truly believe that every dancer in every dance
should be rewarded and critiqued based on the dance that they are doing. If
your \"A\" team gets up and doesn\'t complete a double piroutee in
one routine, but successfully completes it in another, of course the higher
score will be reflected in the routine that was polished and perfected. I
would also like to say that many smaller schools have, and continue to
attend our events. One actually took the overall group at Nationals this
past year, and I couldn\'t be more proud of my judging panel for awarding
their technique, passion, and performance with the 1st place National win.
What we try to do at DI is create an environment of comfort with a great
learning experience. I\'m glad that you have found a place where you can
achieve your Platinum status that you so crave. In the future, if you wish
to quote me, please do it accurately. I don\'t believe after reviewing
all of my critiques on here that I ever said \"You are not at our
level.\" As you have a rite to excercise your opinions; so do I. If you
read the statements completely, you can obviously see that I was offering
constructive criticism to the parents, and studio that may help them in the
future. By recieving High Silver at our event, I obviously fueled a fire
inside of you if you are writing about us so many years later at 3:30 am.
For that I am proud, and wish you nothing but success in your future as you
move forward. You obviously didn\'t like the results at our event. Were
you the best team there? Should you have recieved the higher rankings? Were
all of the variables the same at all of your events since ours? Chances
are, that they were not. As with the others, I can only thank you for your
critique, because as I fueled the fire within you so many years ago, you
have done the same for me. Here\'s to a great season of dance for us
both, and as much as I don\'t like to lose a client, I\'m glad you
won\'t be joining us. Someone who has so much anger over a dance
competition so many years later is obviously someone with whom I would
rather not spend the weekend. I try to surround with positivity. Best
wishes for a beautiful season..... If you would like to constructively
state your arguement, and not hide behind a keyboard, I am always available
to chat.Dan #Loveislouder .....
Hi there! So I used to go to Dance America and had a good experience there,
but in 2010 we started to come to Dancers Inc. and the experience was
extraordinary! I have now been to four competitions and everybody is always
so friendly. I come from a small studio where we only do one competition a
year and do not bring many routines, usually only 2 or 3! Even when we are
a small team we usually score well, proving that the judges judge routines
on QUALITY not the size of the company. I really don\'t understand where
these one stars are coming from and it is kind of saddening. Everybody is
always super friendly at the competition, and Mr. Dan interacts with ALL
the dancers as long as you are friendly to him!(He even wore my tutu on his
head once because he liked all the sparkles!) The competition is also well
run and on time if not early. I go to the Portland Regionals and the New
England Nationals and it is always a good experience. I love coming to this
competition and look forward to the next year as soon as the one I am at is
over! I love Dancers Inc. and thank you to the amazing people who run it!
LOL.... I remember the Tutu thing.... LOL! That was a great dance! xox db
One of our favorite competitions and conventions! We have attended 3-4
years now and rarely are disappointed. Dan, Kim, Keith are just tremendous.
There are so many positives to this competition. Limiting the entries,
great judges and critiques, rewards of scholarships, etc. Our dancers LOVE
the convention and I love the teacher\'s lunch. A great opportunity to
reflect. Our one disappointment is the venue for the convention which I
know everyone has been working on at the Dancer\'s Inc end. There
isn\'t a ton of great spaces in our city so it is a challenge. We will
continue to attend!
;) This makes me smile.... It\'s not about the size of the school, or the
number of entries.... It\'s about the work involved to get there!
We\'ll keep working on that convention space for you!
We LOVE Dancers Inc!!! The staff was amazing. Everyone we spoke
needed our questions asked, they were so positive and helped
competition ran very smoothly both for regionals and
wait to bring our numbers to the 2014
Very well ran. Love this competition!
Hello, could you help us by expanding on your critique of our event. I
would love to know the specifics.... Thanks, Dan
I have attended this competition twice for regionals and nationals. We are
a smaller studio and only bring about 20 numbers. My students, parents,
staff and I always feel welcomed. The judging is fair, the staff is
AMAZING, they are always on time and runn very smooth. We will be attending
again next year!
See you soon! Thanks for this.... Dan
A competition for smaller studios, but it had great judging and a good
staff! (I wish they would post their results online.)
My studio is starting it's 5th year this September. We just started
competiting a few months ago and brought a small group (6) ages 7&8 to the
Secaucus competition. I was quite nervous seeing what the competition was
like as we had only been to one competition a few weeks before and I have
been out of that world for quite sometime. We walked into Dancers Inc and
were imediately greeted. Everything seemed very organized and I was so
happy to see them running on time (especially with how many numbers were
competiting before them). There were a lot of numbers in our catergory (I
believe 20 just in our level) but they ran well so it wasn't a bother. My
girls placed second overall and missed first by 1/2 a point which frankly I
was thrilled with considering the team that won 1st was Acro and it was the
first time they danced together and at a competition (and had no "tricks"
in their dance). (I never understood how Acro and Contemporary/Jazz can be
judged the same but again, it seems it's like that everywhere). In any
event, I have to say they were very nice, organized and backstage crew was
wonderful. I did notice that Mr. Dan knew one school in particular who did
win a lot of the overalls (including in my category) but frankly, I didn't
see favoritism. I think they deserved to win. We only brought one dance...I
will be returning this year with more dances and dancers and will be
attending Nationals. Thank you for making our first experience a great
First timer here this season. A studio owner friend
Dancer\'s Inc. One of my teachers (who
both convinced me to try DI
I listened to
them! From the
moment I got on the
phone with Dan
last summer I
found a home at DI. We
were thrilled with
reasons one likes a
realistic scoring, on time
studios, great facility
BACKSTAGE & OFFICE
floored us was
of a special
of dancers. He was
key in making it
for one of
dancers (a child who lives
with cerebral palsy)
her dream of
competing with our dance
team. Dan went
beyond to not only
embrace the kids and
the piece but
get our message of
to the world.
man who has gathered a
him. We\'re Dancer\'s Inc lifers :o)
Dancers Inc. lifers..... LOL...... So am I... See you this season! xo db
DI has been our favorite competition for 8 years now. Our dancers do ok,
but it is more about the experience. They always feel welcomed by the
staff. The directors are fabulous as well as the back stage staff. They
are always on time, or early, and scoring has been fair. It\'s a family
atmosphere where all are welcomed. The rest is icing on the cake. And the
extras that DI does for communities in need (hurricanes, floods, etc) shows
the type of leadership present...always giving back.
I must say I truly love everything about DI! They are such a class act!
three levels of competition allow for dancers of all abilities to
in the competition and be scored fairly according to years of
experience. Also, the opportunities DI has for special needs
truly amazing!! There is nothing better than seeing a
special needs child
be able to participate in a competition along with
their peers. Thank you
so much for allowing them that wonderful
Have been attending DI regionals for years - had the opportunity to attend
Nationals in Hershey a few years ago as well as his Ultimate Challenge
twice - Besides being well organized and accommodating a more friendly
staff - down to the ladies that sell the merchandise. DI in my opinion is
one of the tougher scoring comps out there today - and don\'t hand out
Elites to underserving routines because the studio brought 999 routines -
Lets keep in mind it\'s a competition and NOT everyone is a winner
Regarding Dancers Inc. .....Wow there is something to be said for the comp
company that has more reviews than anyone. I signed on to rate Dancers Inc.
:) don\'t know how I got a silver status, but there was no option for
\"sister\"! As the older sister of (Mr.) Dan I want to speak out about
his character. He\'s an amazing brother and has great passion for his
work which goes *well beyond* what you see on stage. He is really easy to
get to know and makes himself accessible. The folks that work for him and
with him are incredibly wonderful people. Some are his friends from
childhood! He has friends everywhere and of all ages and stages in life. I
am amazed at how many people who know him and how many names and faces he
knows. He loves the world of dance. My brother was born dancing and
singing. A few years ago I watched him teach a master class in tap and I
was blown away. I cried. I\'d forgotten how much he knew about the craft
and his dancing was amazing. He feels it in his body, his heart, his soul.
He CARES. I\'ve never seen him behave in a patronizing way at the
competitions he runs. Everyone needs some TOUGH LOVE. I watched with pride
when he graduated from Emerson at the age of nearly 26. However what
preceded was a lot of hard work, painful life lessons, tough choices, tough
love, and here he is today. If Dancer\'s Inc. didn\'t suit you, you
should call him and talk to him. Sorry I got personal, Dan. Much love, your
Wow..... Thanks for sharing this.
Dan Barris and his staff at Dancers Inc are second to none. We have
attended his regional comps for many years and also competed at his
nationals a few years ago, as well as his Ultimate Challenge several times.
I have to say his is one of the tougher scoring comps, but they
always fair and consistent. They always run on or ahead of time and
master classes are top notch. Highly recommended. Being with Dan
crew is like being home...
Just attended their Nationals. A very positive and
for dancers. Everything ran on time, judging
was fair. All
in all a fabulous
experience. I have been doing comps
for almost 8 years
and I think was one
of the best I have EVER
attended! The staff was so
very helpful and I WILL bring my daughter
back next year, even if I have to
do so independently! It is a
competition, and not everyone will win. My
daughter did very well in
some things, not so well in others. I encourage
everyone to attend
I enjoy this competition. The judging is fair and every time I have gone,
they have been running on schedule.
I have attended DI for quite some time and Mr. Dan and all the staff have
always gone above and beyond to make sure each and everyone is comfortable
and treated fairly, and most important equally. The convention classes are
challenging and help the growth of each dancer individually. If you want
an honest competition and are seeking an all around great experience chose
My studio has been attending Dancers Inc. for about 8
years. We have been on the competition circuit for 26 years and have been
to many, many events. I give Dancers, Inc. 5 stars for many reasons!! The
director Dan is wonderful and is always approachable at every event to the
dancers, parents and teachers. His love for dance and children is quite
evident. My students always love the convention classes along with the
competition! The staff is always friendly and helpful.The judges are very
qualified and fair. If you are looking for a competition /convention to add
to your schedule for next season, give them a try. You won\'t be
Mr Dan and Staff You are by far the BEST BEST BEST BEESSSTTTTTT
both Regional\'s and Nationals!!!! My 3 daughters have
since they were 2. My twins are now 14 and the youngest
attended another comp and my little one wore her
gear to it
because she loves DI so much. Your staff,
locations are always
top notch! THANK YOU for all you do
let a few \"Bad
Apples\" who think EVERYONE deserves
a trophy just
for showing up bring
you down. The world we live in
doesnt work that
way and neither should ANY
comp! You get what you
earn. Simple as
that! We love you all and
can\'t wait till next
season and look
forward to seeing you all
parents who complain
should try working a comp sometime and see just how
much goes into it and
how hard you do work to accommodate everyone
there. Dancers get what they
earn... and unless you know as much about
dance and technique as these
people at DI do... dont judge them.
Remember you are a dance Mom and not
a Dance teacher... maybe you need
a new studio???
A little shocked at the voracity and numbers of folks bashing this
comp/nationals- can you really say your dancers did not grow in any way
from this experience? At ALL comps there are people who have been with that
company since DAY 1 - ALL Comp Directors have that network- just as SO\'s
and Parents have a group that they look to within their own studio-- all it
takes to be in that position is open dialogue with the Directors and a
truthful eye about what YOU are bringing to the table . It IS a competition
, not everyone wins -- my dancers are High Golds at most comps , every now
and then we nail it and walk away with Platinum or Elite - my kids are made
to watch their competitors throughout the season- they know where they will
place before they walk in -- THEY GROW FROM EVERY VISIT TO DANCERS INC
BECAUSE NO ONE \"BLOWS SMOKE\" AT THEM- If they need to work , they are
told and then its reinforced at home with me ... NOT every Comp suits every
studio ... I look for honesty in judging , respect among Directors to SOs,
valuable critiques and organizational skills, and dancers who inspire my
kids... DI is at the top of my list ... I will never take my dancers
somewhere just to bring home the biggest trophy- they have to earn it in a
competitive environment ...again DI meets the criteria ... take a moment
and breathe and re think -- THERE ARE ALOT WORSE OUT THERE!!
As a dancer, I have been competing at DI for years. Let me start by saying
that Dan, the director, is the sweetest, most down-to-earth person I know.
He is wonderful with the dancers and at some competitions would even be
backstage helping with stretches and giving little critiques. The
backstage staff are always wonderful and very organized. They work hard to
make the competition experience the best it can possibly be. Awards are
given out fairly, based on what the judges saw in your routine at that
moment in time. The best thing about DI though is that they are willing to
help you improve. Everything, even the workshops, are based on improvement
because even the best dancers have room to grow. If you\'re looking for
a competition that cares about the growth of your dancer and isn\'t
giving out awards just for participating, then beyond a shadow of a doubt,
this is the competition to go to!
I have been going to dance competitions for over 15 years and DI so far has
been my favorite. My kids have won and they have lost. DI has more
opportunities for dancer\'s of every level to leave with something. The
staff is always smiling and encouraging. And yes, if you are a repeat
studio they will get you know you but if you are new you have to put
yourself out there to introduce yourself. This, I feel, is no reflection
of the results of the competition. Although we did not attend this past
competition season, Hershey Nationals always had some of the best talent I
had ever seen! Unfortunately we all don\'t live near such wonderful
studios that turns out such beautiful choreography and technical
dancer\'s. But it does seem like many of those types of studios attend
DI. It does not matter what or where you may have placed at other
competitions. The results of each and every one will vary depending on
judges and the talent attending. Even at regional and national levels of
the same competition. Studios need to realize that they have to push the
envelope each and every time they are choreographing and teaching. You
can\'t just present the same thing each and every year. And when you are
trying a new competition you can\'t go just thinking because you won
somewhere else you will win there as well. At DI, to win in All Star you
have to bring technically sound dances and innovative choreography. That
is the way it should be. I wish every dance facility in the nation could
produce these type of dances, but they do not. And once you send your fees
in you have put the judging in the hands, subjectively, to those
experienced in their fields. You just can\'t get upset about it.
Everyone just can\'t win, that is life. I know my kids can\'t wait to
go back next year. We have met great parents, teachers and dancers and are
forever learning with our experiences. We luv DI!!!
My first ever competition, in 2005, was Dancers Inc. Every time I go to a
DI competition or workshop class, I feel right at home. With Mr. Dan
cracking jokes during awards, and getting to know the directors and judges
and staff even better, Dancers Inc feels like my third home (my dance
studio being the second). I\'ve gone to DI\'s nationals almost every
year I\'ve competed, and I can safely say that they are amazing at what
they do. I love the choreography competition, I love the parties, I love
the workshops; I just really love Dancers Inc. Thanks, DI!
OMG..... Please inbox me at email@example.com and let me know what
studio, and who you are. You and DI turn 10 together next year! It\'s
going to be so exciting! See you in Hershey, 2014!!!!!!! xoxox Mr. Dan
We have been going to DI for many years. Hershey was actually my
daughter\'s first national and she was only 7. We didn\'t place as high
as we wanted to but the competition was pretty fierce so we weren\'t
My daughter really enjoyed the classes and all the events at
the convention. It was an awesome wrap up to their season.
Dan is very
kind to the students and their parents, he strives to put on a great
convention and is truly a joy to be around. If you\'re struggling with
how your team places at ANY event, you really have to bear in mind that its
anyone\'s day at any point in time. Different judges, different results.
The dance industry is very competitive and you really should focus your
dancer on understanding that they should strive to do their personal best,
implement feedback provided by their coaches and the judges and move on.
I have been going to Dancers Inc for over 4 years now. This competition
isn\'t just a competition,
It feels like home. All of the staff and
directors are so nice, caring, and helpful to all. They make you feel like
you are apart of one big family. I wouldnt trade this competition for the
world, no matter how many others I go to, DI will always be my favorite. I
couldn\'t think of a better executive director than Mr. Dan. He is the
most caring kindhearted person I think I have ever met. He takes the time
and bonds with everybody, something that doesn\'t happen very often.
Coming from a small studio in a little town in Northern Maine it means a
lot. Not just Mr. Dan, but everyone there is so wonderful. Roy especially ,
has impacted a lot of girls from our studio, from giving them advice,
letting them have second chances on stage, giving us all a laugh, and
calming competition jitters. All of this makes me realize how lucky we are
to be able to attend such a great competition like DI. Much love to all of
the staff, keep on doing what you\'re doing and don\'t change. You guys
are the best
Dancers Inc. is more than a competition it is an experience. As a dancer I
have gone to a number of competitions and done well, but my experiences at
these competitions cannot compare to that of Dancers Inc. Dancers Inc. is
the total package. Winning is the last thing I am concerned about when I go
to this competition, I prefer to think about the friends and memories I
will make. I have been competing at this competition for 6 years now and
still have relationships with dancers I met the first year I started
competing. Dancers Inc welcomes everyone with open arms. They accept you
for what you are, unlike most competitions. The staff and crew do their
very best to accommodate you. They make sure that everything runs on time,
if not ahead of schedule. They make you feel like part of their family. Mr.
Dan is probably one of the most incredible people I have ever met. He has
the biggest heart out there! Everything he does, he does from the bottom of
his heart with the dancers in mind. Mr. Dan has been a true inspiration to
me and has encouraged me to be the best person I can be. Overall, Dancers
Inc. has been more than just a competition and I am so blessed to have been
a part of such a wonderful competition.
My studio has attended multiple Dancer\'s Inc competitions and I have
never been happier with a competition in my life. The environment that Mr.
Dan and the rest of the crew strives for is one of healthy competition
where it is ok to be good friends with other competitors. In fact I met
some of my very best friends while at Dancer\'s Inc. Since I graduated
last year and no longer attend competitions I must say that the Dancer\'s
Inc is the one that I miss above all else. They strive not only to run a
competition but to teach everyone about how to be a good dancer and a good
person. I have had the opportunity to take class from almost every single
member of the Dancer\'s Inc staff and they were/are just as influential
in my dance training as my studio teachers were and are. They are so
influential in fact that I asked one of them too choreograph an audition
solo for me to use for my college auditions. The convention classes are
some of the best that I have ever taken in my life and for the price they
are a bargain. I really can\'t say enough about Dancer\'s Inc. They
helped me so much thoughout my dance career so far and I love all of them
more than anything. If you put the effort forth to talk to the staff and
understand their critiques in competition and their lessons in class then I
guarantee whether you place first or last you will always leave the
competition on top.
Dancers Inc. is the most wonderful competition around. Not only do
students get the chance to compete with superior dancers from all around,
Dan makes sure they do it in a wonderful environment where they learn!!!
What else can you ask for?
Dancers Inc. is the most welcoming dance competition I have ever attended.
My studio participated in the most recent Nationals in PA and had an
amazing experience! Mr. Dan and the whole staff go out of their way to make
everyone happy and have the best experience possible. The judging is fair,
the schedule is followed very accurately, and the classes offered are very
educational. DI is an amazing organization that does so much more than run
a competition. They educate dancers, fundraise for other charities (Love is
Louder, etc.), and provide great feedback to improve every group that comes
through their doors. Studios of all sizes are welcomed at DI and if you
didn\'t feel accepted, you most likely did not make an effort to form
bonds with other dancers and staff! Next time try to create a positive
experience for yourself by making a mutual effort. :) All in all, my
family, fellow dancers, and I all love Dancers Inc.
I have attended over 30 different competitions as either a competitor as
child, a teacher or now as a studio director. Dancers Inc. is not
favorite, but my dancers and their parents as well. We love it
that we did something this year that I don\'t think any other
ever done. We attended only Dancers Inc. regional
competitions. That is
right, we attended 4 different competitions in 4
different locations. We
don\'t win every high score and certainly
feel we were judged fairly. The
staff is wonderful and make the kids
feel at home and comfortable. I can
honestly say the Director Roy
Lightner is personally responsible for
completely changing the life of
one of my dancers who didn\'t have the
confidence in herself to
believe in her dreams. And just so you know, this
was the first time he
met her. Dan Barris has the biggest heart and wants
to know each
dancer, support them and cheer them on. He learns the kids
enjoys watching them grow. Emily in the office is always right
of things and sees to it that the competitions run smoothly. We have
attended several Dancers Inc. Nationals and enjoyed them just as much. I
highly recommend this wonderful company to any dance company. You will not
This is our 2nd year attending Dancers Inc. Nationals and I must saw that
this so far is my daughters favorite. We love it so much because it is not
just a competition, it is a growing family. Mr. Dan you and all the other
directors and staff members are great. You are all friendly, kind,
courteous, and I could just go on. I was able to get to know some of your
staff this year and it was really great talking with all of them. Ben you
are awesome!!!! I look forward to our studio continuing to grow with
Dancers Inc. My daughter has learned so much in these 2 years because of
everyone at Dancers Inc. and by getting to know other dancers from other
studios. You are all amazing people and I thank you for all that you do for
It is only our second regional/national with this competition. Our
is in it\'s 54rth year. I have been teaching for 30 of these
owned it for the last 15 years. We have had our share of ups
with competitions. WE have been through \"those who bring
in the most
revenue win the most awards.\" And everything else you
can think of. In
all honesty I have found dancers inc. to be very fair.
I may not have
agreed with all of the outcomes, but I have to be
realistic about the fact
that there is always someone out there that is
better. My kids are good,
but they are not always the best. we work
hard and try to teach our kids
that with good work ethics, dedication
and commitment, good things will
come. Mr. Dan and ALL of his staff and
faculty have been the most
personable, the most social \"competition
people\" I have ever
encountered! And from what I have observed, they
played favorites. They are as nice to us as they
are to the next studio.
Mr. Dan himself is one of the most generous,
selfless people I know, Over
all our experience with this competition
has been very positive. I can
only hope that our relationship with
dancer\'s inc. continues to grow,
and strengthen as we have watched
dancers inc. grow and strengthen in the
past two years. I am proud to
be associated! By the way, any class/workshop they have offered has been
well worth the money. The teachers that my students have had the
opportunity to study with have had wonderful things to offer-really if you
enter into something with a positive thought, maybe the outcome would be
more positive. I am speaking not only as a studio owner, but as a parent
of three teenagers who compete. I think that the people who are rating
dancer\'s inc. as a negative experience don\'t have enough knowledge of
the competition world. Just because you pay the same entry fees doesn\'t
mean you are going to win anything. YOU MUST EARN THOSE AWARDS! Thank you
Mr. Dan and crew!
I know who you are, and I couldn\'t be more honored than to see this.
Miss E., I have tears in my eyes.... (Nothing new, right.....lol) But with
such a dance luminary as you taking time to write this, I am honored.
WOW.... Today is going to be amazing!
The dance studio that I attend LOVES dancers inc! it is by far the best
competition i have gone to. Mr. Dan and the rest of the crew act as if they
are you\'re own family. they treat you with respect and listen to
everything you have to say! If you didn\'t place maybe you weren\'t in
the right category! There a 3 too choose from so that shouldn\'t be a
problem. My team has won multiple times from this competition but not all
the time. We have our good years and bad years. Just because you didn\'t
place well or at all in this competition doesn\'t mean they aren\'t
fair. And of course they make you pay for classes, it\'s a competition!
they don;t over pay you, you\'re money is always spent wisely for them to
make a better competition. WE LOVE YOU DAN!!
We have attended Dancers Inc. for many years and LOVE them! Always
supportive and positive to the dancers, parents and teachers! We do not
bring many routines but always find the judging to be quality and
informative. They truly care about the dancers that attend the competition
and the number of dances you bring doesn\'t appear to affect the outcome.
My studio brought one routine to nationals last year (2012) and we won our
division and received an invitation to the showcase. Thank you Dancers
Inc. for providing a supportive and positive learning environment for my
dancers to grow!
We LOVE Dancer\'s Inc.! We are a very small recreational studio. We have
attended the last two dance seasons and I plan on working around their
schedule to schedule the competitions we will be attending! The directors
to the staff have always been so helpful and nice! One of my dancers were
having a really bad day getting to the competition, getting into a car
wreck(they didn\'t know it was a wreck), they held her number for hours,
even came check with me. I do fine they are tough judges but fair all
around the board, never thought they played favoritism towards particular
studios. Love this competition! Looking forward to next year!!!
Dancers inc. is by far my favorite competition. Although I have only had
the pleasure of competing with them for two years, I can honestly say they
have some of the best regionals and nationals competitions around. Their
entire staff and crew is polite, making sure everyone is happy and enjoying
the event. The directors are personable and fun to interact with, the
judging always seems fair, and the studios attending seem to always be
polite and good sports. Mr. Dan Barris has gone out of his way to recognize
everyone attending his events and has brought in some of the best
choreographers, directors, judges, dancers, etc. to make Dancers inc.
events the best around! I am so proud to attend any dancers inc. event I do
and highly recommend it to everyone
Thank you so much! This means the world to us. Fairness for all....
I am a mom whose daughter has competed at Dancers Inc since the company
started. We looooove the DI experience BECAUSE of the way they get to know
everyone instead of just feeling like we are the small unknown school who
gets passed by. We didn\'t do nationals this year but have in the past
(winning and losing side) and that is where it\'s the teachers
responsibility to explain to their students how to use these experiences as
growing experiences. We will definitely see you next year DI !!!!!!!
Dancers Inc has always been my home studio\'s favorite competition. The
staff and convention choreographers are so inspiring and knowledgeable.
Every time I had walked out of a Dancers Inc convention I have always
learned something new and useful that I can bring to my craft. The
competition always runs on time, and the backstage staff is always helpful
and kind. I am very pleased with the family environment that Dancers Inc
has, especially in what can be such a competitive sport!
Really.people that just attend nationals in pa. Sorry you feel this
way...but from what dancers inc has said in their replys to you comments...
Maybe your company is not ready for competition......you can\'t think
that just because you paid the same as everyone else you need to
place......did you really know how these things work???? Its
acompetion......and in some of your statments you are new to this....my
daughter has been on a competition team for eight years.and if any company
is the fairest its dancers inc.. I have seen some very unfair judging in my
time as a dance mom and dancers inc.is no one of them.....maybe you need to
listen to what they are telling you and apply what they have said...them
maybe in the future your team will be ready to compete with the big League.
Don\'t be a hater, it doesn\'t show your team sportmanship.hope you
all find what your looking for....
Cannot begin to tell you how impressed I am with Dancer\'s Inc.
Dancer\'s Inc is a friendly comp with standards, definitely a rare mix.
They are well run and respectful of your time and seek to make it a
positive event for all. Judging is fair and accurate. Love Dancer\'s Inc
and are on our permanent list of must-do comps.
Dancers Inc comp and staff is one of my favorites. They truly love dance,
believe in the dancers and encourage growth. Remember that although they
rank each score is individual.
While we did not attend in Hershey, our studio has attended many Dancers
Inc competitions and Nationals. We LOVE Dancers Inc. We love Mr Dan and
all the staff and directors, and the time, attention and LOVE they give all
the kids. They score consistently and give useful, constructive feedback
that helps everyone improve. Dancers Inc is the best run, most
professional and most organized competition we have ever attended, as well
as the most flexible and considerate of its participants.
This was our second time attending Dancers, Inc. Nationals. We are a small
studio (approx 21 dancers) To the MD parents - I understand your
frustration, as I too remember at our first Nationals with another company
- we too got no awards and felt as though we too were overlooked and passed
over. We thought our kids were really good - Well that was 10 years ago -
Most of us parents look back now and see how far our children have come -
they practice hard and they love dancing. Two of my daughters were entered
in the titlist competition - so they spent Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday in classes, opening # rehearsals and pageant rehearsals - We had
attended several Dancers, Inc regionals in the past and 1 National 4 years
ago. My oldest daughter (heading to college in a few weeks) - commented
that she really likes Dancers, Inc competition because Mr Dan is real and
goes out of his way to learn the kids names - Granted my girls may have had
more interaction with him, however I have a third daughter who did not
compete for title, but he knew her name as well -
as well as the names
of many of the other girls on our competition team - but again - these
girls have competed several times at Dancer\'s Inc. regionals - I thought
the cometition was extremely well run and hope to return to their
regionals, and nationals as well as fund raisers in the future. Mr Dan has
a big heart and loves what he does - OK -so maybe sometimes he gets a
little long winded before awards, but it is evident he loves what he does
and loves to get to know the girls - and takes the time to encourage and
build them up.
This was our first time at this national competition. At regionals we did
not do well but were optimistic that if we applied the corrections that
were suggested that we would score better at nationals and in general, we
did. My daughter dances at a very small studio. We are cognizant that we do
not bring nearly as much revenue to the coffers of the competition company
but it has been our experience with other companies that we were not
treated any differently. I am sorry to say that was not the case at this
competition and this probably what I found the most disappointing. This
coupled with a fee for the workshops was kind of the icing on the cake. It
was also clear that they had established relationships with other studios,
which is great, but it just made it more evident that there was a
difference with the recognition of the large and small studios. A few
pluses should be mentioned. The backstage staff seemed nice and they
tended to run on time. I do not think we will return to this competition.
Hello, so sorry that you didn\'t enjoy the event in Hershey. Maybe we
aren\'t the right fit for your more recreational type of studio. Keep
looking for a more recreational environment and I\'m sure you\'ll be
happier there. I wish you well, and thanks so much for the compliment about
the backstage crew. If we can ever be of any help at all, don\'t hesitate
to get in touch! Dan
We attended one of their regional competitions, it was my first competition
as a dance mom. My daughters team didn\'t place well at all. It started
this season off rough for me. Then we got to another 4 competitions...and
placed top 5 in all of them. So then I am thinking well maybe the girls
will have gotten better and Nationals will be great. NOPE! They didn\'t
place top 5...and therefore the girls have NO IDEA where they fell in
placement for their NATIONAL competition. That\'s the worst for them to
understand. Hopefully we at least get some sort of feedback...but doubt it.
Don\'t waste your time!
Just weanted to let you know that not all competitions place the kids after
a certain number so that noone ever has to leave knowing that they were in
last place in all of their dances.... I hope this helps a bit. If we can
ever be of an help, don\'t hesitate to get in touch.... Yours in Dance,
We just returned from their national competition at Hershey. What a waste
of money and time! The staff acted like they had no clue what was going on
especially when it came to awards. Every question I asked I was given a
different answer. It was clear that the director was familiar with several
of the students and their studios were the ones that received all the high
awards. When we go to a national competition, we expect it to feel like a
national competition. This didn\'t even feel like a decent regional.
Don\'t waste your time dealing with this company.
I wish you had introduced yourself to me as they all did. Some of the
dancers, studios, and families that were there I had just met for the first
time.... Sorry that we didn\'t have a chance to meet.... The reason that
the studios that these dancers attend won the overall awards is because
they are some of the best studios in the country. Are you on their level? I
truly hope that your dancers will learn and grow from this experience.Dan
We will not return to Dancers Inc. We are a small studio and felt that it
was not a good fit for us. The check in people were very unorganized and no
one seemed to know what was going on.
So sorry that you feel this way, I wish you had approached me at the event
and let me know how you were truly feeling. I guess the internet is good
for something. I hope that your dancers grow and fluorish under your
direction. We only announce the tops in each division based on how many
were represented in that age group, and level division. When we announce
only a first over all, that means that there were less than five in that
category..... Top ten means that there were more than 20. I only announced
2 or 3 as 1st overall and they were primarily 10-12 and 13-15 year old
beginners... As you climb up in the divisions and get better, your
acknowledgements keep getting bigger. It\'s kind of like getting a
promotion, and what we all work towards in every day life, don\'t you
think? I can tell you that your dancers placed in the bottom of all of
their divisions if that helps. Thanks for letting everyone know that we can
stick to our schedule! That means alot to so many when they are picking a
competition! Good luck in the future, I hope you find a competition that
suits you, and your needs, and one that won\'t place your kids in the top
5 just to get your money. I pride myself on honesty, and want the dancers
on our stage to know that whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced,
there is a place for them to grow. I\'m sorry that you obviously feel a
bit battered by the competition that was present, but that\'s why they
call it competition, right? Someone always comes out on the bottom and the
top. I often think that the BIG STUDIOS that everyone seems to have a
problem with are BIG for a reason....They produce dancers that can work.
Please use this a a learning experience for your dancers. I see that many
of your parents feel a bit battered and had a miserable time too......
I\'m assuming that they are yours as you are all from MD. The only other
school that was with us from MD was amazing, and left with rave
reviews....I make myself available to everyone at all of our events, and
those people that choose to speak to me do, and those that don\'t
hopefully will eventually. Stay focused, work hard, and grow strong. you
were part of an amazing event with many of the best schools in the country.
You should be proud.... Now, please learn from this experience and
strengthen and grow....Yours in Dance, Dan
This has to be by far the worst competition my daughters have been to.
was shocked that all categories didn\'t have the same chances for
awards and overall awards chances. The regional scoring was a
thought maybe their nationals would be better.... Definitely
And charging the girls money to take a dance class at
downright greedy. Big thumbs down.!
So sorry you feel this way. We keep classes optional so that you don\'t
have to take them for this exact reason! Sorry that you were disappointed
with us,many of the schools that were present were some of the best of the
best. I hope that your recreational dancers left with the desire to learn
more and practice harder so that when your school grows and flourishes, you
can look back on this with a smile and realize that every journey starts
with a first step. I do wish you well with your future endeavors. Dan
I love Dancer\'s Inc. The folks here are honest and judging is fair.
I\'ve been reading all the negative reviews from the one studio in MD and
it just sounds like sour grapes. Perhaps their studio just isn\'t that
Dan...don\'t change a thing!! Your competition is fabulous. My
daughter graduated this year so I won\'t get to experience this fun
environment anymore. :(...I wish you and DI the BEST!!
Very positive experience. My girls thoroughly enjoyed this competition.
The judging was very fair and the event ran smoothly!
We very much enjoy this competition. The convention is awesome, the judging
fair, and so far they seem to keep the number of entries accepted at a
decent level so it is not overbooked and easily enjoyable.