‘Shimmy up North’ Belly Dance Weekend at Borwick Hall


Let’s dance together again – join us to ‘Shimmy Up North’ at Borwick Hall.  31st May – 2nd June 2024
The longest running residential course ‘Up North’.  Amazing teachers and a wide range of workshops.  Check out the pictures in the photo gallery from 2023 ……

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To avoid disappointment book your place ………
Single room:  Shared bathroom:  £310
Twin room with en suite:  £300 per person
Twin room – shared bathroom:  £270 per person
Group room – shared bathroom:  £255 per person
Click on the drop down menu – choose your room and pay a £50 deposit.  If booking in a twin, please say who with.
REMEMBER :  This price includes your accommodation, all your meals, all the workshops, shows and hafla.

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Friday 31st May 2024 – Sunday 2nd June 2024

What an amazing weekend with a bunch of incredible women in a fantastic setting.  It always leaves me inspired and full of dance. Next year (2024) the weekend has moved a week later.  It is no longer the bank holiday weekend.  This will work better for some people …… and not for others.   No bank holiday traffic can only be a bonus!!!

We are returning to Borwick Hall in 2024 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‘.

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I am delighted that we have 2 international guest teachers for 2024.  From Cairo, the fabulous Yasmina.  Yasmina has been a regular at our Borwick weekends but couldn’t join us last year so we are delighted that she is back with us for 2024.

The ‘Turkish Queen’, Tevec is joining us for the first time.

Tevec is based in London but travels to teach workshops internationally.  To find out more about her, click on the tab to read about all our teachers.  Many of your favourite teachers are back plus some new ones …….


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.

There will of course be the Farida Dance souk in attendance at the weekend, Ritas amazing costumes, Nyla bellydance and the Just Because stall.

We already have bookings for 2024 so if you want to join us, don’t delay in booking – do it now.  If you want to keep up to date on what is happening join ‘Shimmy up North’

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 (£270pp), Dorms (very basic) – between 4 – 6 people in a room (£255pp), Single shared bathroom (£310), Twin ensuite bathroom (£300), Single ensuite bathroom (£360) Price is per person and includes all food, accommodation, tuition, shows etc.

Meet our fabulous teachers for 2024

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 Star:
Yasmina of Cairo

Yasmina is a regular teacher at our residential weekend.  She brings her in depth and extensive knowledge of Egyptian dance to her workshops.  Yasmina worked as a professional dancer in Cairo for many years and now bases herself between Cairo and the UK.
Yasmina teaches workshops around the world as well as running her dancers B&B in Cairo.  Yasmina is also part of the BellyDance Now team and manages the ‘International BellyDance Now Challenge’.
Yasmina missed Borwick last year so we are delighted to have her back for 2024.

Kay and Yasmina work on several projects together including ‘Essence of Egypt’ and ‘Camp Negum Festival’ in Cairo.

Tevec Ibrahim

Also I am delighted to welcome, new to Shimmy Up North, the amazing Tevec Ibrahim.  Of Turkish heritage but based in London.  Often hailed as a ‘Turkish Queen’, Tev is not just a dancer but a passionate educator, and inspiration for her students. Tev’s passage from a young Turkish girl with a dream to a celebrated artist with an international presence is a testament to her dedication and love for the art of belly dance.  Tev’s journey in dance is more than just mastering the movements; it’s about sharing her cultural heritage with the world.   Tev is a generous and gentle teacher. Her students aren’t just learners; they are family. She invests not only her knowledge but also her heart in each one of them. Tev’s greatest joy is seeing her students shine bright, transforming into skilled and confident dancers. Her commitment to passing on the traditions and stylisation of Turkish dance is unwavering.

Credits include UEFA Global Promotion of Turkey’s National Football Team, BBC One, Sky One, ITV1, Russia Today TV and Turkish TV. ‘Face of MOVE IT 2018’ – the world’s biggest dance event.

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’.

Moyra Banks

Moyra is based in Edinburgh where she teaches regular classes. 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’.

Anna Bisco

Anna has taught at these residential weekends before – and I am really pleased she is doing so again.  Anna is based in Leeds where she has a strong following.  Anna always engages and enthuses her students.  Anna is a very inclusive teacher and an active member of the bellydance community.

Why not try a class with Anna.

Elizabeth Aitken

Elizabeth is a wonderful teacher.  I am delighted she is joining us at Borwick.  I am sure you will love her clear and inclusive teaching style.  Based in Ely, Elizabeth teaches regular weekly classes.  She also taught at Borwick in 2023 to great feedback and teaches at the week long ‘International Bellydance Summer School’ at Wellington College, Crowthorne.  You should definitely try one of Elizabeths classes.

Vanessa Clipsham

Vanessa is based in Huntingdon and teaches regular bellydance classes there.  Her other love is Greek dancing.  Vanessa taught some workshops at Borwick in 2023 and we loved them …… remember the moustaches?  You had to be there.

We are delighted Vanessa is joining us to teach again.


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.  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 2024 .  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’.

Rosie Sedgwick

Rosie has been a supporter of these weekends forever and taught last year for the first time.  Feedback was great.  This year Rosie is teaching another class to help ‘problem solve’ moves you struggle with.






Elise says:  “I’ve been dancing for around 18 years, and teaching for 10 in the South Manchester area.  I love Egyptian dance and try and encourage as many women as possible to start learning! As well as weekly classes for beginners and open-level students, I lead a troupe of experienced dancers called Raqs Hyati, for whom I love creating interesting choreographies for.”

Elise has been a great supporter of ‘Shimmy Up North’ and I am delighted she is joining us as a teacher this year.

Rachael Borek
Rachael is an experienced and inspiring teacher of Egyptian Dance based in Manchester and online, and she’s also a professional performer, dancing at events around Manchester and the North West.
As an instructor, she’s on a mission to make bellydance an accessible and uplifting experience for everybody.  She’s committed to excellence in dance technique and artistry.
As well as teaching dance, Rachael is also a fully qualified Pilates matwork instructor. Studying Pilates has helped her to completely transform her own dance technique and body awareness, and now she’s excited to bring this knowledge into the dance community to help other dancers do the same!



BELOW IS THE TIMETABLE FOR 2023.  This will give you an idea of what to expect.  2024 will bring new teachers and a new range 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.

On Friday evening you sign up to the classes you want to do and we allocate them to rooms.

Below is this years timetable as it stands.  More classes may be added:

Download the timetable here:2023 Timetable