‘Shimmy up North’ Belly Dance Weekend at Borwick Hall


Let’s dance together again – join us to ‘Shimmy Up North’ at Borwick Hall.  27 – 29th May 2022.  Pay a £50 deposit to reserve your place and book your room on the drop down menu.  Save money and stay with your belly buddies in one of our dorms …. or opt for some ‘me’ space in a single room.  Full details below:

Keep up to date on our northern bellydance residential weekends at #SupN –  ‘Shimmy Up North’.

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Friday 27th May – Sunday 29th May 2022

I am delighted that, not only do we have the ever popular Yasmina of Cairo but we also have one of Cairos hottest properties joining us for this weekend.  The fabulous Brenda Diaz.  We wanted to bring something extra special to the weekend on our return from covid!!! And here she is.  Click on the ‘Teachers’ link to find out more.

The last Shimmy up North was in 2019 …….. what a fabulous weekend.  I always come away inspired and overflowing with friendship and warmth.
I can’t wait for our next one and am in the process of confirming teachers for 2022.

Keep up to date on our northern bellydance residential weekends at #SupN

We are returning to Borwick Hall in 2022 for the Farida residential belly dance weekend. Borwick Hall is a quirky building full of character and set in a beautiful little village near Carnforth in Lancashire (Carnforth is the nearest train station).  It has become our home for this very special weekend.

Here is a quote from one of our participants this year:  ‘What an amazing weekend of belly dance at this year’s Shimmy Up North festival. Our third year there and the one I enjoyed the most so far! Fantastic teachers and a lovely group of ladies who all share the love of this magical dance form, coming away feeling inspired, energised and even more in love with oriental dance. Thank you to all the truly wonderful teachers and a special thank you to Kay Taylor for making it all possible. Thank you also to Laura McClune for being the best roomie, travel companion and dance buddy…roll on our next adventure!‘  Laura Armstrong

This weekend is a great mix of classes – from fun introductions on Friday evening to technique and style classes at different levels.

Friday evening there are fun introductory classes followed by a participants showcase and the chance to boogie.  Classes all day Saturday and Sunday.  Teachers showcase Saturday night followed by disco and chance to let your hair down.  We often have a fun fashion show.  There is also a souk with an amazing array of sparkly things for sale.  This weekend is a great combination of learning and fun.

Accommodation is quite basic with a mix of single, shared, treble and dormitory accommodation – the dorms are very basic.
Food is tasty and plentiful …. you will not go hungry.  The cooks are great at catering for a variety of dietary requirements.  The weekend is fully residential so all your meals are included.  A non residential weekend might initially seem cheaper but once you add up everything you have spent, this is great value.
GOOD NEWS – keeping the price low.  Borwick is struggling to get staff to manage the change over of groups so have agreed a slight reduction which has helped us keep costs lower – in exchange, participants make up their own bed.  Linen of course is provided!  The Farida a crew are quite happy to help if required.  Remember to bring your own towels.

The Monday after is a bank holiday so plenty of time to recover, or perhaps stay over in the area for an extra day.  There is an option of staying Sunday night at Borwick – contact us separately for this.

There will of course be the Farida Dance souk in attendance at the weekend.

We already have bookings for 2022 so if you want to join us, don’t delay in booking – join ‘Shimmy up North’ for information as we update anything.

Any further information on Farida residential weekends please email info@faridadance.com or ring us on 0191 2451570 (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm)
Choose a room option from the drop down menu to see the different prices.  Pay your £50 deposit to reserve your room.
The prices are per person, not per room.

Additional information


Twin with shared bathroom (£270pp), Treble bathroom shared with other rooms (very limited) (£265pp), Dorms (very basic) – between 4 – 6 people in a room (£240pp), Single shared bathroom (£290), Twin ensuite bathroom (£305), Single ensuite bathroom (£335)

Meet our fabulous teachers for 2022

Some of our teachers for 2022 are confirmed – more to be added.    Join our facebook page ‘Shimmy Up North‘ for updates.

Kay Taylor

Does she need an introduction?  Kay is the organiser and force behind Farida Dance and the residential weekends.

A qualified JWAAD teacher and director of JWAAD Teacher Training courses, Kay believes in giving students a thorough grounding in Egyptian Dance while also making classes fun and accessible for the wide range of women attracted to this great dance form.

Kay travels regularly to Egypt and has links with most of the top dancers and choreographers there.  Kay is in great demand throughout the country and has taught at many events nationally and internationally… this time she is teaching at her own event!

Kay is also choreographer for and mentor to the Helwa Belly Dance company and has written their new show ‘Belly Dance: A True Story’, part narrative, part dance.

Our International Stars:

Brenda Diaz

Originally from Argentina, Brenda trained with Amir Thaleb and was chosen by Dina to appear in her TV competition ‘Al Rakassa’.  Brenda moved to Cairo and has built a great career for herself performing in prestigious venues and very popular at weddings.  I am delighted that Brenda will be teaching 2 workshops at Borwick via Zoom.  We have the technology and a big screen.  Brenda makes you feel as if she is in the room with you.

Yasmina of Cairo

We are delighted that the fabulous Yasmina is joining us at Borwick Hall again.  Yasmina is in great demand internationally.  She generously shares her expertise and extensive knowledge with her students. A professional dancer in Cairo for many years, Yasmina is the ‘real thing’!  Don’t miss this opportunity to study with her.
Yasmina now splits her time between the UK and Cairo where she also runs her dancers B&B.

Our Amazing UK teachers

Anne Kingston

Another firm favourite and great friend of ours, Anne Kingston has a wealth of experience of teaching and performing and is a joy to watch.  As well as her love of Egyptian Dance, Anne is very knowledgeable on other types of African Dance and also likes to incorporate a more spiritual side of things.  Anne also organises Desert Dance Healing trips, where you can relax and recharge with dance, drumming and fun.

Hot from 2 years of study and graduating with a ‘MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the Living Body’, Anne is keen to introduce embodied wellbeing at Borwick.  Somatics in particular can help you move with more ease,  become more comfortable in your skin, become more accepting of your body, can help calm your nervous system, increase flexibility, bring a sense of wholeness, ease worries or concerns about body and past traumas and can help you develop ease and relaxation within your whole life.


For the last few years Milly has been our head helper so her face is well known to you all.  The few classes she has taught, your feedback has been amazing so I am delighted that in 2020, Milly is coming as one of our teachers.
Milly is from the NE of England; she is a trained JWAAD teacher (2005) and also a long-standing student of Kay Taylor. She’s been dancing for 17 years and in 2011 had a bit of a sabbatical after having her two boys. Milly’s passion lies in Egyptian style belly dance; she has a grounded, strong but cheeky style. She was part of the Tarab dance troupe and performed at the Edinburgh fringe festival 2 years in a row.  She’s been to Cairo several times to train with dancers and has both attended and taught workshops up and down the UK.


Moyra Banks

Moyra is a JWAAD accredited Egyptian dancer and teacher who can be found regularly teaching and performing in her home city of Edinburgh. She is one of the principle dancers in the dance company “Helwa”, based in North East England, who recently enjoyed a sell-out run in the Edinburgh Fringe 2018. Moyra regularly travels to Cairo and elsewhere to train and keep up to date with the latest trends and her aim is to introduce as many people as possible to Egyptian dance and share with them the joy that she gets from dance. In each workshop Moyra aims to give each participant something to suit their level and to inspire them to add into their own dance.

Rachael Borek

Rachael teaches in Manchester where she is building up quite a following.  She came to Borwick last year and really enjoyed the weekend so we are delighted that she is joining us this time as a teacher.


Rita Williamson

Rita is a regular at Borwick.  She has given us many a fascinating and fun talk. Rita discovered belly dancing in 1998 and has taught since 2008, most recently in Cumbria but is now looking at classes in Cheshire after relocating.  Rita loves visiting Egypt and also shares her knowledge of Egyptian dance and music by giving regular talks and workshops. She also runs her own business making costumes to order and creating all things belly dance.   She has taught costuming and sewing at both the Jewel of Yorkshire festival and Borwick.  She will be bringing her costumes, outfits and accessories to sell at Borwick. _______________________________________

Rosie Sedgwick

Rosie has been a regular at Borwick – and before that, Ford Castle.  She has entertained us every year with her fab performances.  This year she is going to teach a class on the Boba Karan which she performed the year before lockdown.

Sue Baker

This is Sues first time to Shimmy Up North and Borwick.  Sue is a well known teacher in the Cambridge area where she runs popular classes.  I am delighted Sue is joining us and teaching a class.


The timetable for 2022 will be released at the beginning of the year.  Have a look at last years timetable to give you some idea of the range of subjects and options open to you.

Shimmy up North Timetable 2019, which gives you an idea of the weekend and variety of classes.

We usually have 3 or4 classes running simultaneously so classes aren’t overcrowded, and there are a choice of levels so as long as you have a basic knowledge of Egyptian dance there should be a class to suit you.

We also have some ‘fun’ classes especially on the Friday night, these are a great ice-breaker to start the weekend.