‘Shimmy up North’ Belly Dance Weekend at Borwick Hall


Let’s dance together again – join us to ‘Shimmy Up North’ at Borwick Hall.  26 – 28 May 2023.

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Friday 26th May – Sunday 28th May 2023 – put the date in your diary!

What an amazing weekend with a bunch of incredible women in a fantastic setting.  It always leaves me inspired and full of dance.  I am especially excited as one of my all time favourite international stars is zooming in:  Julia Farid.  Check out the teachers page for more details.

We are returning to Borwick Hall in 2023 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 are a few quotes from some of our participants this year:  ‘It was all fabulous. The venue, seeing friends, making new ones, loved the teachers showcase, disco, souks‘,   ‘My highlight:  friends reunited and a lovely atmosphere‘,  ‘Loved every class I took and learned so much’,  ‘Dancing, dancing, dancing …. and great to see everyone‘,  ‘Gala show with teachers was amazing … and loved the chance to dance socially with everyone again‘.

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

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.  Gala show with our teachers on 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.  Borwick Hall is an outdoor activity centre mainly used by school groups.
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.
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 2023 so if you want to join us, don’t delay in booking – join ‘Shimmy up North’ for to keep up to date with plans for 2023.

Any further information on Farida residential weekends please email [email protected] 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.  You can book a twin or a group room and make new friends.

Additional information


Twin with shared bathroom (£275pp), Dorms (very basic) – between 4 – 6 people in a room (£245pp), Single shared bathroom (£310), Twin ensuite bathroom (£320), Single ensuite bathroom (£360) Price is per person and includes all food, accommodation, tuition, shows etc.

Meet our fabulous teachers for 2023

Some of our teachers for 2023 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 ‘Bellydance Now’, 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.

Through lockdown Kay started ‘Shimmy Camp’ an outdoor fitness class which she took to Borwick:  ‘Lovely to be outside.  Really enjoyed this – a great way to start the day’.  Another said:  ‘ Shimmying on the lawn to the latest Egyptian hits in an amazing setting – it doesn’t get any better than this’.

Our International Stars:
Our star zooming in this year is the fabulous:
Julia Farid 

Julia is an amazing dancer and inspirational teacher.  Her warm and engaging personality combined with her extensive knowledge and crystal clear technique are a winning combination.

Julia zoomed into Fantasia 2021 and the internet connection was so good it was as if she was in the same room.  I am really pleased that Julia is joining us to teach 2 classes at Shimmy up North.

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.
One student said of her workshops: ‘Great content, plenty of explanation and plenty of room to explore technique’.    Another said:  ‘My favourite teacher of all and as usual I loved her workshops’.

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.
One student said of Annes somatics class in 2022:  ‘Such a wonderful, informative, stimulating yet relaxing session.  Anne is a lovely caring teacher’.


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  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.  One student commented:  ‘Milly is a great teacher – very friendly and encouraging of everyone.  I learnt so much’.


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.  One student said ‘I love the combinations Moyra puts together – they are so inspiring and Moyra is an excellent teacher’.

Claire Barnfather

Claire has often been my head helper at Borwick and she has taught workshops here as well.  Claire has been taking a maternity break from teaching so I am delighted she is going to join us as teachers in 2023.
Claire is a caring, thoughtful and inspirational teacher.  She approaches her classes in a unique way that really makes a difference. _______________________________

Rachael Borek

Rachael teaches in Manchester where she is building up quite a following.  She taught for the first time in 2022 and you all loved her classes and asked for her to teach again …… so, she is doing.  I am delighted that Rachael is joining us again.  One participant said of Rachaels Saidi class:  ‘This was my favourite class of the weekend.  It was brilliant, high energy and I learnt a lot’.


Lina Aleksejunaite

Lina started bellydancing when she was 18.  She says ‘It is not a hobby or a passion, it is a part of me, it is who I am’.  Lina teaches in Cardiff and loves to share her knowledge with students.  One says ‘Lina is such an equally caring and passionate teacher. She’s got such a natural way of making you feel empowered and beautiful when you’re learning to bellydance.’
Lina says ‘For me bellydance is not only moves and music, it is so much more: it is a connection with yourself, understanding your strengths, weaknesses and emotions.  It is a never ending journey and I am so happy I can be on this journey with all of you’.  Lina joined us at Borwick in 2022 and gave a beautiful emotional performance.  Take this opportunity to learn with her.

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.


Sue Baker

Sue joined us at Shimmy Up North for the first time in 2022.  She loved it so much – and you loved her classes so much that she is coming back in 2023 .  Sue is a well known teacher in the Cambridge area where she runs popular classes.  I am delighted Sue is joining us and teaching again.  One student said:  ‘What a marvellous teacher!  Sue taught us with great skill, patience and humour’.

Debbie Phillips

Debbie dances under the name of Nyla.  She attended ‘Shimmy Up North’ and taught in 2022.  Debbie brings a splash of tribal fusion style to the weekend.  We like to have a range of options.  Debbie is a qualified JWAAD teacher and also has a stall in the souk.  One student said of Debbies class: ‘I was looking forward to Debbie’s class as I’m interested in fusion.  She didn’t disappoint, in fact what she taught far exceeded expectations’.

Laura Armstrong

Laura has attended these weekends for many years and loves the classes, performing and dancing with everyone.  Laura teaches in Ireland and completed the JWAAD Safety course through lockdown.  Laura taught a class for the first time in 2022 and it went down a storm so we are delighted she is going to teach another class in 2023.  One student said: ‘Great class, loved the slow graceful veil movements simplified and carefully explained’.


Below is our timetable for 2022.  Our timetable in 2023 will of course be different – but you can see the range of classes and activities we have available..

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.

Below is the timetable for 2022: