‘Shimmy up North’ Belly Dance Weekend at Borwick Hall


An amazing weekend that is inspirational, fun and friendly

PLEASE NOTE: For some reason the option is only showing twin with shared bathroom at the moment…we have more options than this including a limited amount of non-residential places, please email faridadance@mac.com and we’ll tell you what is available.
As the weekend is less than a month away the balance is also due now, we will contact you direct on how to pay balance.

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Friday 24th May – Sunday 26th May 2019

As usual we will have a fabulous range of teachers, styles and subjects for you, along with party nights, performances and of course shopping.

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

We are returning to Borwick Hall for next years 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)

This weekend is a great mix of classes – from fun introductions on Friday evening to technique and style classes at different levels.  The timetable will be published in March 2019.  There are 4 classes on consecutively so lots of choice.

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.

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 2019 so if you want to join us, don’t delay in booking – there are a very limited amount of twin ensuite rooms please email if you would like a twin ensuite.

Any further information on Farida residential weekends please email info@faridadance.com or ring us on 0191 5652920 (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm)
Choose a room option to see the prices.  Pay your £50 deposit to reserve your room.
PLEASE NOTE: As the weekend is less than a month away the balance is also due now, we will contact you direct on how to pay balance.

Additional information


Twin with shared bathroom (£230pp), Treble bathroom shared with other rooms (very limited) (£230pp), Dorms (very basic) – between 4 – 6 people in a room (£215pp), Single shared bathroom (£255), Twin ensuite bathroom (£265), Sat non-residential 8.30am – 6pm includes lunch and up to 5 classes/talks (£80), Sat non-residential 8.30am – midnight includes lunch/evening meal, teachers showcase and party and up to 5 classes/talks (£105), Sun non-residential 9am – 3.30pm includes lunch and 3 classes/talks (£70 )


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

We usually have 4 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.


Meet our fabulous teachers for 2019

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.

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.

Kay and Anne completed the JWAAD teacher training together many years ago.  It was the start of a long term friendship.  They love working together at events.

Anne has recently qualified as a Body Groove teacher and will be grooving with us at Borwick as well as bringing her expertise in other areas.

Yasmina of Cairo

We are delighted that the fabulous Yasmina is joining us at Borwick Hall.  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 is also working with Kay on her summer project for 2019.  A week of classes in Sunderland – something to kick start your belly dance mojo.  Set you up with inspiring ideas for the rest of the year.
Yasmina has also joined the JWAAD team and delivers parts of the History and culture course and the music course.


Joanne Miller

Jo is a fabulous performer of Egyptian Dance, with styles including Oriental, Sha’abi, Khaleegi and more.  She has a very relaxed style and a big fan base in the North East.  Jo performs regularly at North East restaurants and clubs and has performed in Cairo.

Jo is fast becoming a well loved teacher as well, having taught sell out workshops at Joy, and now we’re looking forward to her teaching and performing at our weekend.  Jo is a fully qualified JWAAD Teacher and her workshops last year had wonderful feedback.

A member of the Helwa Belly Dance Company, Jo has starred at the  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 in ‘Belly Dance:  A True Story’.

Carmen Duende

Carmen is a Spanish born and bred dancer with a passion for bellydance.  She has trained in a variety of styles over 10 years and also likes to fuse flamenco to give a little taste of her home. Her workshops were a great hit in 2018 – we look forward to more from Carmen.

Carmen was based in Sheffield and completed her JWAAD Teaching Diploma whilst in the UK.  She has performed around the UK and has won several awards including NADA’s Rising Star award.  Carmen her relocated back to Valencia but still hold the UK dance scene close to her heart and wants to stay involved.  Carmen loves to share her passion of dance with every dancer out there.  Carmen is making a name for herself on the international circuit so we are delighted to have her back at Borwick.



Milly Sanderson

Milly is a force to be reckoned with.  High energy and fun.  Milly has taught at Borwick before and her classes are very popular …. particularly her Friday night slot!  Milly doesn’t currently teach regular classes so take this opportunity to join her in a session.  The picture shows Mill leading her group in come camouflage fun!   Milly is a qualified JWAAD teacher.

Jessica Lewis

Jessica taught at Borwick previously and is also one of the Farida crew so can’t be spared for long – this year she is teaching a class or two and giving some talks on fascinating subjects.  Jessica loves dancing, performing and loves Cairo.  She enjoys research and can usually be found lost down rabbit holes of historical information and perusing YouTube clips into the wee small hours. Available for cups of tea internationally. Also for teaching.  Jessica is a fully qualified JWAAD teacher.

Sarah Rickerby

Sarah has taught at our weekend several times.  People love her dry sense of humour – but don’t be fooled – she works you hard.  Sarah is based in Blackpool where she has regular classes.

We are delighted that Sarah is joining us again.  Sarah is a qualified JWAAD teacher.




Caroline Evans

Caroline has been a regular supporter of this weekend and performed regularly at our Friday night showcase.  We are delighted she will join our teachers this year and offer taster sessions in ATS.  Caroline has been bellydancing since 2011 – specialising in American Tribal Style® for the past five years. She is passionate about the joyful sense of community and connection innate in the group improvisational format and is looking forward to sharing this at Borwick Hall for the first time. Caroline qualified to teach ATS in 2016 and holds regular classes in Edinburgh.  _________________________________________________

Rita Williamson

Rita began dancing just before the turn of the century and has been teaching since 2007.  Rita also designs and makes belly dance performance costumes and class wear.  She has also spent a lifetime mucking about with arts and crafts and drawing ‘ladies with frocks on’.  Rita will be giving a talk on costuming.


Joelle Barker

Joelle is a master percussionist.  She is super talented and loves drumming for dancers.  She makes you feel completely at ease.  Joelle has teamed up with Kay for many projects and Kay is delighted to be teaching with her again at Borwick.



Gina McCue

Gina is an experienced dancer who has learnt, taught and performed many different styles. She started with ballet when she was 2 years old and discovered belly dance nine years ago. She performs with and co-choreographs for the group Bijoux, in Jersey, where she also teaches.