Meet the team


Hannah Louise Jackson

As the owner of Empowered Studios, my aim is to provide top quality coaching for adults and children of all ages in a safe and friendly environment. I have trained top champions in Freestyle, Rock and Roll, Slow and street for numerous years. My students regularly represent the North West Area in the IDTA’s Nationwide Medalist of the Year finals held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. I have extensive experience choreographing and producing shows as well as being a championship adjudicator, judging a variety of talent shows, competitions and festivals.

I am a Fellowship member of the International Dance Teachers Association and hold a variety of teaching qualifications in a number of dance styles including; Latin American, Freestyle, Dance Exercise Diploma, Street Dance, Line Dance and Rock and Roll. I am also a qualified leadership coach with Sport UK and a street cheer instructor with the U.K.C.A.

I feel privileged to be able to train such talented students of a daily basis, Empowered Studios will allow me to make great dancers even better whilst nurturing new talent and helping to build confidence.


Neil Cooper

Neil started dancing from an early age training in Theatre and Freestyle, performing in some of the most prestigious venues in the country and competing nationally in both freestyle competitions and theatre scholarships.

He has gone on to gain his BTEC National Diploma and Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre and graduated from University with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance Practice.

Developing his teaching career, Neil has recently achieved his IDTA Freestyle Associate qualification with Distinction and is looking forward to progressing further with his teaching qualifications.

Alongside teaching, Neil also works full time on the development of dance activity across Manchester and the North West for both youth engagement and professional level artistic development; working with youth dance companies and emerging dance artists to choreograph and produce various showcases, platform events and festivals.

Lauren Ogden

Lauren Ogden

Lauren is currently training at Stockout Arts, where she is completing a BA Honours degree in Professional and Commercial Dance.

She has been delivering classes and workshops throughout the country for a number of years and has trained in dance styles including Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary.

Lauren has travelled as far as America to further her training, more recently concentrating on Commercial, Urban Choreography and Street.

Other career highlights include travelling to America to train in Los Angeles; performing in the LA Carnival; performing at the World Of Dance in Germany, and of course, appearing on the hit TV show, Got To Dance.

Lauren and her street dance group just missed out on the finals of the show. As a semi-finalist on Got to Dance, she was mentored by Ashey Banjo from Diversity.

Lauren is looking forward to passing her knowledge and skills on to the students of Empowered Studios.


Elisha Walker

Elisha has been dancing since she was 2 and a half and has trained in various dance styles of dance. Her love for dance first started when she attended Discomania School of Dance, there she enjoyed taking part in the school showcases, IDTA dance examinations and attending the IDTA North West qualifying competitions.

After Discomania Elisha decided to progress her training further and moved to Sandhams Dance Studios. At Sandhams she continued to take part in all school shows, IDTA dance exams in Ballroom, freestyle and Rock and Roll and represented the North West at the IDTA Nationwide finals on numerous occasions. Competitive Freestyle was a major part of her dance career and she competed up and down the country until eventually retiring in April 2016.

Elisha knew she didn’t want to leave the Freestyle world and was happy when she was given the opportunity to train as a student teacher with Hannah at Empowered. Elisha has enjoyed the last 18 months and is now looking forward to being a fully qualified teacher so she can develp her own classes. Alongside my student teacher training, Elisha has studied Performing Arts at Bury College gaining two A* Distinctions.

Miss Elise Jones

Miss Elise runs the theatre branch at Empowered Studios. She originally started training at 4 years old at her local studio studying all styles of dance. So soon found her love for the theatre subjects and at the age of 9 she gained a place at the Royal Ballet as a Junior associate. Elise continued her training in Leeds at the Northern Ballet as part of the centre for advanced training. She studied contemporary for 4 years at the Lowry, and was honoured to be part of their dance company. Elise has recently completed a BA hons degree in dance, and is looking forward to working as a full time dance teacher in the future.

We welcomed Miss Elise to the Empowered teaching team in 2018, since then her classes has progressed and she now trains all our Theatre and contemporary students. Miss Elise loves working with children and passing on her in depth knowledge of dance and theatre.