Meet the team

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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.

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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.

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Georgia O’Regan

Miss Georgia is very excited to be welcomed into Empowered Studios. she has been teaching Tap, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acrobatics and musical theatre to ages 2 – adult for nearly 8 years.

Miss Georgia’s training credits includes such company’s such as Italia Conti, Barbra Speake, Urdang and Lipa. She is highly experienced in teaching syllabus of IDTA, ISTD and RAD and has performed in musicals from a young age such as Billy Elliot, Chitty chitty bang bang, Annie, Legally blonde and more. Originally from London, Miss Georgia recently moved to the north due to gaining a job at LIPA, teaching dance to college pupils and running productions.

Miss Georgia has a strong passion for teaching theatre competition teams which has driven her into a career coaching all over the world and also running theatre dance competitions.

Miss Georgia is looking forward to taking charge of the theatre side of empowered dance studios and hopes to bring lots of theatre trophy’s, medals and exam certificates into the studio. We are certain her extensive training and experience will be a huge asset the Studio!

 

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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.

Misha Timmins

Misha has been a gymnast from the age of 2 and officially retired at 16 . She was North west champion over all at the age of 14 and Beam Champion at the age of 15. From there Misha started dancing and studied musical theatre at college.

After completing her studies, Misha toured with a dance company, performing Nationwide and in Amsterdam. She was also a member of the Cheerleading group called indipenDance where she cheered for rugby teams such as Sale Sharkes , Saint Jelens, Warfigton Wolves and Salford Reds.

It was then Misha pursued her love of acting and attended one of the 5 best drama schools in the Uk, Arts Educational where Darcie Bussle trained. Since Drama school Misha has been a successful actress in shows such as Shameless, Corrie, Law and Order and many more BBC comedies and dramas. Her favourite art form is physical theatre which is very similar to contemporary dance, with her past as a gymnast she loves to incorporate her skills.

Misha is a level 2 women’s artistic qualified coach, fully qualified and insured to teach Acro and Gymnastics. She is very excited to work with the students of Empowered!

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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.

Olivia Turner

Olivia Turner is 18 years old and has been dancing since the age of 3. During those 15 years she has completed lessons in the following styles of dance; Ballet, Tap, Freestyle, Street, Modern and Acro. Additionally, she has also completed over 50 dance exams with the IDTA, ISTD and RAD.

Whilst Competing in freestyle Olivia was a member of numerous teams that competed throughout the country in both Freestyle and street. Over the years Olivia has had numerous dance partners and competed in pairs and rock and roll events as well as solo and slow events.

Olivia is looking forward to working with our Street and Freestyle Students and hopes to work towards exams, showcases and competitions. She hopes her passion for dance can inspire the next generation of competitors.