Meet Our Directors and Choreographers
Miss Erica Campione-Oliveira (Director/Choreographer)
Miss Erica has been dancing since the age of 3. She has experienced 15 years of dance at Miss Donna’s Academy of Dance in Elizabeth, NJ, where she studied Tap and Jazz. She also studied Tap, Hip-Hop and Jazz at Dance Elevations in Linden, NJ for 5 years. She became part of the teaching staff in 1997-2001. She majored in “Display and Exhibit” and “Graphic Design” from FIT-Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where she also graduated and received her Associates degree in the year of 2002. She then opened up Planet Dance in August of 2002 as the current director of Planet Dance. She currently is the graphic designer of Planet Dance and also has her own dance line called “Back Stage Dancewear”. She got certified in dance 8/2010 and received her ZUMBA certification 4/2012.
Miss Gina Campione-Robel (Director/Choreographer)
Miss Gina has been dancing since the age of 3. She has experienced 15 years of dance at Miss Donna’s Academy of Dance in Elizabeth, NJ, where she studied Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She also studied Flamenco for 5 years. She then became part of the teaching staff in 1995-2002. She also studied Tap, Hip-Hop and Lyrical at Dance Elevations in Linden, NJ for 5 years. She also became part of the teaching staff in 1997-2001. She became a choreographer for the Linden High School Marching Band Color guard in 1998-2000. She then opened up Planet Dance in August of 2002 as the current director of Planet Dance. She got certified in dance 7/2010.
Miss Jen Van Anden (Choreographer)
Miss Jen has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She studied Tap, Ballet, Pointe and Jazz at Miss Donna's Academy of Dance in Elizabeth, NJ along with Miss Gina and Miss Erica. Jen has also taken numerous classes at Broadway Dance Center, NYC during the past several years. She has been part of the teaching staff since the first year in 2002-2003. Jen is currently assisting in tech classes and is teaching advanced ballet and pointe classes. Jen has also been in several of Planet Dance shows. She got certified in ZUMBA in 2010.
Mr. Devin Santiago (Choreographer)
Mr. Devin has been dancing at Planet Dance since 2002 when Planet Dance opened. He is also a teacher at Planet Dance. He currently assists the Boys tap classes and teaches the boys Hip-hop classes, FUNK classes, Bollywood, Disco and Tango. He is currently a guest Hip-Hop instructor for Linden High School's dance company. He received his ZUMBA Certification 4/2012 and is currently teaching ZUMBA.
Miss Alexsys Lazo (Choreographer)
Miss Lex began cheerleading at the age of 4 and shortly after turned to dance. She began dancing at Miss Joann's School of dance. There she studied Ballet, Pointe, Hip-hop, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical and Acro. Miss Lex has been with the Planet Dance family since 2009.
Mr.Tony Neal (Choreographer)
Mr. Tony has been dancing with Planet Dance since 2008. He teaches the all boys tap and hip hop as well as the Senior-Intermediate Hip hop. He has a strong passion for contemporary and continues to develop and perfect his technique.
Miss Britt Rodriguez (Choreographer)
Miss Britt has been dancing with Planet Dance since 2015. She now teaches Senior and Kinder Acro alongside Miss Lex. Britt has a background in cheerleading as well as dance She started dancing at the age of 4. She is a former student of La Danse where she studied ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, hip hop, jazz and acro.
Mr. Landy Garcia Jr. (Choreographer)
Mr. Landy is the newest member of the Planet Dance staff. He has been dancing with Planet Dance since 2008. He teaches the boys Hip Hop and the beginner Senior girls Hip Hop.