We are proud of who we are, what we stand for, and our dedication to be the best in our industry. Meet the team who makes all of our great projects possible.
Nick began his work with concrete at an entry-level summer job right out of high school, learning about pouring concrete walls, agriculture projects, and flatwork. In 2007, at the age of 20, he was introduced to concrete design through a hands-on training workshop in Berkley, California with designer Fu-Tung Cheng. He then started what is now known as Dancer Concrete Design in the basement of his home. Initially creating precast architectural elements, he found his true passion in enhancing interiors through concrete flooring. In the day-to-day, Nick overseas the operation of the business. When not working, Nick is an avid runner, reader, and loves spending time with his wife and two sons.
Alexis is a mother of two adorable toddlers (Clark and Charlie), the wife of Nick Dancer, and a passionate creative. She is originally from the small town of Delphos, Ohio where she developed her love and talents for art and design. She was surrounded by her loving mother and father who are both artists, designers and carpenters of fine woodworking. At a young age she learned the importance that aesthetics play in the built environment. In 2012 she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Purdue University Fort Wayne, but she pursues doing anything that requires imagination. Alexis enjoys leading up any creative quest at Dancer Concrete Design. Lexy also enjoys her relationship with her Creator, yoga, playing in the garden, strumming tunes on the guitar, and loves to explore the idea from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that "less is more."
Nick, our field leader, has over four years of concrete polishing experience - so it comes as no surprise that polished concrete is his favorite type of concrete finishes. “It can totally transform a room from something dull to something that catches peoples’ eyes.” He enjoys working with concrete and it motivates him to get up in the morning and look forward to the day. Nick and his wife Kellie live in Fort Wayne with their two daughters. When not spending time with his family he enjoys playing soccer.
Jacob has more than five years of concrete experience (both pouring and finishing) and enjoys the end results of the polished concrete flooring the best. Jacob likes seeing a client’s reaction to a project that was done with high quality and using his God-given talents to work with the natural materials of concrete. Jacob lives in Fort Wayne with his family, which includes four siblings, and appreciates the city for its small town feel and the family atmosphere. Jacob enjoys the outdoors, going on road trips, working on projects with his fiancé Kaylie, and spending time with God.
“You are what you are and where you are because of what’s gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes in your mind” are some words that Dennis Barylski lives by on a daily basis. Dennis, office manager at Dancer Concrete Design, is motivated by challenges and the satisfaction that comes from conquering the task at hand. Dancer Concrete Design’s commitment to quality and doing the best for the customer is what Dennis appreciates most as a member of the team. He and his wife of 40 years, Patricia, raised their three children (now grown) in Fort Wayne and say that the city is the right size with plenty of activity. He enjoys traveling, cooking, baseball (Go Tincaps!) and “dabbling in the stock market.”
Andréa received her bachelor’s degree in communication and business administration from Bluffton University in 2009. She has more than seven years of marketing and advertising experience in corporate, non-profit and small business environments. She has enjoyed being part of the Dancer Concrete Team and appreciates how every team member is an integral part to the success of the company and the satisfaction of their customers. Andréa and her husband Chris live in Michigan with their two sons, Sawyer and Camden. Andréa loves her job as a mom, college sports, getting involved in her church, running, and spending time with her family.
“God gave me the talent to work with my hands,” Roger Wilson, a craftsman, said when asked what motivates him to do great work. “I enjoy looking at a finished product and seeing what I’ve been able to accomplish.” With 30+ years of related experience, Roger has had the time to hone his craft and discover how versatile concrete can be. “Concrete driveways, walks and patios are my favorite type of concrete project,” says Roger. An avid competitive runner, working with concrete also acts as a good, hard workout. A native of Fort Wayne, Roger and his wife have two children, Nathan and Elise, and enjoy biking around the city, traveling, and volunteering at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. In fact, Roger’s favorite concrete project was designing and building an underground, earth-covered shelter at the zoo to house the penguins.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra,” is Dave Walenga’s favorite quote. A team leader, Dave works to put in that little extra on each job. As a member of the Dancer Concrete Design team he says he has the chance to help people change their property to better serve them and their needs and he gets extra motivation from the desire to help others. As a resident of Fort Wayne, Dave appreciates all there is to do in the city and spends time watching rugby and enjoying the outdoors.
Taking something unfinished (like a concrete floor) and turning it into a masterpiece is one of the reasons Beau Skeens says polished concrete is his favorite part of the finishing process. Beau, a team leader, chooses to always go above and beyond at a job. He takes the phrase “Do More, Be More" to heart and understands that if “I put in that extra effort to make sure things are completed” that the customer will be completly satisfied. He is also motivated by his wife, Katie. She is a reminder for him to be a better person and to always work hard. When not working at Dancer Concrete, Beau enjoys spending time with Katie and watching and playing basketball.
“Honoring God and doing my best work every day,” answered Ben Doege, when asked what motivates him. Dancer Concrete Design has a motivation theme throughout the year, and the one that sticks out most to Ben, the shop leader, is “Greatness Starts Here.” It encourages him that each individual effort is important and that great things can be accomplished as a team as well. Ben is married to Amy and they have a son, James. When not working, Ben likes to draw and work on animations – he has a large collection of cartoons. He is also an avid Colts fan.
"At Dancer we take pride in the small things and being the best at what we do. Having something to show for it at the end of the day is something that I really enjoy about working here," Logan Long said. "I feel that people come to us to either fix or make something better ... being able to leave the customer with something they will be happy with for years is one of my favorite parts of the job." Logan, a craftsman, also appreciates the team atmosphere at Dancer Concrete Design and the ability that all team members have to work smoothly together - no matter who they are working with. When not on the job, Logan enjoys exercising and golf, working in the yard with his dad and being able to spend time with his niece and watching her grow up.
Abby is our marketing and project assistant. She graduated from Indiana University Fort Wayne in 2016 with a Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing. Motivation for Abby is being able to look back on a project and feel good about it. She said that doing quality work to achieve a great end result that you can be proud of is the best kind of reward. Being a team member of Dancer Concrete Design gives Abby the chance to see this happen daily. Abby loves the environment at Dancer Concrete Design because everyone is so cheerful and going to work is enjoyable. There’s always something new and exciting to be a part of. In her free time, Abby enjoys reading, doing outdoor activities, and playing with her dog, Leo.
As our newest craftsman on the team, Joel finds motivation through his inner drive and his son, Aiden. He likes watching projects unfold from start to finish. Joel said that it means a lot to be part of the Dancer Concrete Design team and he enjoys working with all of the guys, traveling from job to job, and talking to customers. In his free time, Joel appreciates spending time with his girlfriend and son, hanging out with his four siblings, and playing and watching sports.