Meet the team

Hannah

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 have regularly represented the North West Area in the IDTA’s Nationwide Medallist 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 Dance leadership coach with Sport UK, a Street Cheer instructor with the U.K.C.A. and a Acro Coach with both Acrotrix and Acrobatic Arts.

I feel privileged to be able to train such talented students on a daily basis, Empowered Studios allows me to make great dancers even better whilst nurturing new talent and helping to build confidence. I am so honoured to be working such an amazing team to ensure the best training, together, we are Empowered.

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, a Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre and graduated from University with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance Practice. 

Developing his teaching career, Neil has achieved his IDTA Freestyle Associate qualification with Distinction and is a licenced Freestyle Competition Adjudicator under the British Dance Council. Neil has been a part of the Empowered teaching team since its inception in 2015 and is looking further his teaching qualifications whilst continuing to share his knowledge and experience with our students.  

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Lauren Ogden

Lauren trained at Stockout Arts, where she completed 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.

Kerys Tough

Kerys is currently training at the prestigious Phil Winston’s Dance college in Blackpool, in her 2ndyear she is at the height of her training and loves passing on her knowledge and skills to our students.

Kerys trained in a wide range of dance styles from a young age, at various studios including Empowered. We watched Kerys progress from a beginner to a Double Premier Champion winning titles and championships all over the UK.

She also has Bronze, Silver and GOLD Medals from the Dance World Cup in Portugal 2018 & Barcelona 2019 as well as numerous wins in nationwide Theatre and Street Dance competitions. She has a drive and passion for dance that is infectious, and we know she will inspire so many of our students to follow their dancing dreams.

Karolina Romaniszyn-Tong

Karolina trained at private dance schools in the Northwest, gaining Vocational and Teaching qualifications with the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance), IDTA (International Dance Teachers’Association), ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) and NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dancing).

Passionate about Ballet, she gained a MA degree in Ballet Studies from Roehampton University, is a Fellow of the IDTA Ballet Faculty, a RAD Registered Teacher, Associate of the NATD Ballet Branch and Trustee of the Legat Foundation of Russian Classical Ballet.

Alongside Ballet, Karolina has specialism in Contemporary Dance, Classical Greek, National Dance and Labanotation. She gained a BA (Hons) in Dance and Visual Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University, the DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction) and DDE (Diploma in Dance Education) from the ISTD and Advanced Labanotation Certificate through the Labanotation Institute.

Since gaining her first teaching qualification in 1999, Karolina has enjoyed teaching within different contexts, bringing dance into the lives of pre-schoolers through to the elderly. Her work spans the private dance sector, higher and further education, primary schools, arts centres, museums, galleries and summer schools.

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Sue Dobson

Sue attained her BAGA Club Coach qualification, teaching 4-piece gymnastics. Sue has previously worked for Salford Community Leisure teaching in both the Leisure centres and with Salford Schools.

For numerous years she was an assistant Gymnastics coach for Lions Gymnastics Club, but decided to spend more time with her family. Sue attended Empowered studios with 3 of her Grandchildren and as soon as we found out her vast experience, expertise and qualifications we asked Sue if should would like to join our teaching team as an Acro coach. She has been a fantastic addition to the team and has helped delve and progress our acro students so much.