Meet Our Team
Dan Barris, or “Mr. Dan” as he is affectionately referred to by his students,has been working in the dance competition industry for over 15 years. Originally from Maine, Dan began his performing career at age 7, appearing in professional regional and touring productions throughout New England.After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, Advertising, and Developmental Psychology, with a minor in Musical Theatre, from Emerson College in Boston, Dan eventually found his way to the central New Jersey area where he has been an owner and director of three successful dance studios. He worked with the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Council of the Arts to create a teaching program for hearing impaired students. Dan has also conducted master classes for dance organizations and studios across the US, judged for numerous state scholastic pageants, and directed large and small dance competitions from coast to coast. Dan began noticing that an essential component of dance education was lacking in the competition scene. Students weren’t being given the opportunity to truly benefit from being critiqued by a professional beyond receiving a score on a piece of paper. With that in mind, Dancers Inc. was founded to give students the chance to perform, be adjudicated, and then work with the judges one-on-one in class the next day all in one weekend. Dancers Inc. combines performing and learning with the goal of motivating students and teachers alike to experience the world beyond their studio walls. For the past six years, Dan has expanded that motivation by allowing students to see how they can benefit their communities and beyond as artists. Dancers Inc. has donated thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards through the Starmite Foundation and America’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program and has raised over $50,000 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina through the annual event “Dance Relief.” Dancers Inc. created its own Title Award program which allows individual dancers to perform, assist faculty, meet new people and represent Dancers Inc. while traveling to events across the country. In addition to directing Dancers Inc., Dan is the President of United Dance Merchants of America and continues to judge on the national pageant circuit. He received a Tribute Award for his charitable work from the Starmite Foundation, and while he is expanding Dancers Inc. to new communities across the country, he still finds the time to teach his tap students each week.“We can all get an award,” he says, “but inspiring a young student to want to dance better is a much more valuable experience.”
Director of Operations
Randy Thompson has the occasionally thankless but often joyous role of Director of Operations. A performer from an early age, Randy performed in an international tour with The Texas Boys Choir before attending Northwestern State University as a Musical Theatre and Visual Arts major. Theater and dance credits include: West Side Story, Guys And Dolls, She Loves Me, Pirates Of Penzance, A Chorus Line, The Pajama Game, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Anything Goes, Carousel, and many more. After moving to Key West, FL, Randy helped create the smash musical revue Broadway 3 Ways at the famed LaTeda Cabaret. Randy made his feature film acting debut in the critically acclaimed drama Any Day Now playing opposite Alan Cumming and Garrett Dillahunt. Now relocated full-time to the office he is glad to be a part of this company and work with such a talented and diverse group.
Brittaney Hagaman, originally from Brick, NJ trained under the direction of Michele Hulsart since the age of three where she was apart of the Competitive Edge Team from age eight until nineteen. Brittaney is also a graduate of Georgian Court University where she received her BA in Dance under the direction of Silvana Cardell. She was able to perform at Philly Pard in Philadelphia and again at ACDFA(American College Dance Festival of the Arts) two years in a row where her group scored in the top 5 and was invited to participate in the Gala Performance. Aside from teaching at her home studio, she also choreographs and substitutes for various studios and dance teams throughout NJ. Brittaney has been with Dancers Inc since 2010 where you can find her in the office alongside Randy, as well as on the road with the crew behind the scenes or teaching convention class. Brittaney is very excited for the new upcoming season with DI, and cannot wait to see what this year brings!
Director Kim Menna is a former Miss Dance USA and Miss Dance Jersey Shore. Not only was she chosen to perform in Night of Stars three times for the Garden State Arts Center but she was also a Top Ten Finalist on the national television hit show Solid Gold. Kim has choreographed extensively in the fashion/runway industry, and in addition to adjudicating on the national dance competition circuit, she is also a judge for performing arts high school festivals and beauty pageants. A successful studio owner, Kim’s dancers have held many regional and national titles. With over 35 years of performing arts experience as a teacher and coach. She continues to build self-esteem and confidence through the art of dance.
Director Crystal Frazier has been with Dancers Inc. since our first season. She holds a degree in Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she is now a faculty member. Television credits include the VH1 Fashion Awards with Macy Gray, The BET Awards with Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, BET’s Comicview, Lip Service and Global Groove on MTV, Monk, and the feature film Beloved. Live stage credits include The Groovaloos Show in LA, the Italy Tour with Kathy Sledge, Illadelph Legends, and Crystal was a featured dancer and choreographer for recording artist Jill Scott’s Big Beautiful Tour. Crystal’s choreography has been featured with Garden State Dance Festival, Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team, Drexel University, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, Hip Hop Extravaganza in Bermuda, Taipei University of the Arts in Taiwan, Cruzan Dance in St. Croix, and Encore Danses en Tourneau in Canada. She was a co-founder of the Montazh Performing Arts Company and continues to perform with the Rennie Harris Puremovement dance company while also teaching for several dance organizations. With her broad range of talents and impeccable classes, Crystal is a valued member of the Dancers Inc. family.
Jeff M. Poulin
Jeff M. Poulin has been involved with Dancers Inc. since our first season, having been named the company’s first Mr. Dancers Inc in 2006. A lifelong tap dancer, Jeff’s training originated in Portland, Maine and continued at Oklahoma City University, where he was affiliated management for the American Spirit Dance Company at the prestigious Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management. For over a decade, Jeff has been connected to the dance world around the country and abroad, working with companies like Ultimate Dance Showcase UK, LiveNation UK/Ireland, Ireland Intervarsities, and more. In 2018, he founded the Dancers Inc Foundation.
With over a decade of experience as a performer, teaching artist, education researcher, and arts administrator, Jeff’s work is grounded in social justice and seeks transformative policy solutions to society’s most-challenging problems. Currently, Jeff leads the Arts Education Program at American for the Arts, where he works to advance local, state, and federal policies supportive of equitable access to arts education throughout the United States. In his role, Jeff trains over 10,000 people annually, publishes research and policy analysis, manages strategic partnerships, and leads networks of stakeholders. Jeff is widely published, serves as a reviewer for grant and research panels, and speaks to audiences across the country and around the globe.
He holds degrees in arts management, cultural policy, and education from Oklahoma City University, University College Dublin, and the University of Glasgow. Most recently, he was named a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in the United Kingdom.
Joseph W. Sramaty
Joseph W. Sramaty has been a performer, director, vocal coach, music director, technical director, production coordinator, producer, managing director, educator, and pianist throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania for the last 12 years. His repertoire includes musical theatre, sacred music, classical music, and opera. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Performance with a minor in British History from Stockton University, where he works for the Division of Academic Affairs as the Executive Assistant to the Provost.
He trained under Dr. Beverly Vaughn and Ms. Joanne Gabriel. His theatre credits include: Pippin (Featured Player), High School Musical (Ryan), Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik), Footloose (Reverend Moore), A Holiday Homecoming (Vocalist/Producer), Murder Me Always (Fritz Fontaine/Mr. Swanswallow/Sam Saturday/Producer) and Medley Series I & II (Featured Vocalist).
His credits as Music Director include: Medley Series I & II, Paris ’75, Frogs Re-Imagined, Ahab: A Musical Odyssey, The Color Purple Musical, and Here’s Love (Miracle on 34th Street).
Sramaty often workshops and guest conducts choirs throughout the state. He currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Music Program at Stockton University, where he teaches vocal music performance and conducts the Stockton Pops Choir.
Sramaty has performed for audiences of over 13,000 people, earning him praise from the Asbury Park Press. In June of 2015, he performed as a member of the chorus for Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Most recently, he performed the National Anthem for Former Vice President Joe Biden when he visited Stockton University.
Assistant Director/Head Judge
Lizzie Perez, who’s involvement in the arts spans over 3 decades, has studied with industry greats, such as, Dave Russel, Sheila Barker, Frank Hatchet and Germaine Salsberg. As a singer, Lizzie released a 12 inch single Titled, Not Gonna Be the One on Renegade Records. She also currently enjoys performing with various Wedding and Cover Bands. In Theatre, some of her favorite roles have been Miss. Hannigan in Annie and Anita in West Side Story. Lizzie has won numerous choreography awards over the past twenty years. She has also choreographed several pre-professional musicals throughout NJ and enjoys teaching Master Classes throughout the country. Several of her students have gone on to perform on Broadway, at Radio City, in LA and can be seen on Glee. Lizzie is certified by both DMA and DEA, and in addition, works for the Passaic Public School System.
Assistant Director/Head Judge
Cody Wheat returns to our Dancers Inc. family this season! Originally from Utica, NY, he trained at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute and Dance 10 Studios, and performed in the full-length ballets The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland and Gaite Parisian, before training extensively in London, England at Pineapple Studios and The Place. Cody was a dancer in the emerging artist series with STREB, under the direction of Ashley Walters, a company member with Anahata modern dance company, and a dancer for Chezzam Entertainment in NYC. He performed as a Dancer/Dance Captain for Celebrity Cruises touring all over the world. An award-winning choreographer for his innovative and cutting edge work, Cody is currently a choreographer for MMEC Productions/Celebrity Cruises in Las Vegas. He also teaches for several studios in the New York City area. Dancers Inc. knows you will enjoy Cody’s positive energy and diverse knowledge of dance.
Emily Rosado has gained the reputation for meticulous organization and fastidious focus. Her previous employment history includes a variety of opportunities across a broad range of fields including program coordinator at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, program director and office liaison for Camp Vega in Fayette, ME, editor for the West and Southwest editions of Gallery Guide, a Louise Blouin Media publication, as well as extensive administrative experience in various corporate environments. Utilizing her excellent written and verbal communication skills in conjunction with her problem solving aptitude and close attention to detail, Emily is able to help facilitate the development and implementation of projects and programming in both large and small scale models. Emily finds working on the developmental side of an industry that focuses on the education and improvement of young performers to be rewarding not only through successful achievement but also personal gratification. Working with children and in industries that relate to adolescent education and development has been a long time passion, and allows her to pursue new and exciting facets of the performing arts industry.