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‘Shimmy up North’ Belly Dance Weekend at Borwick Hall


An amazing weekend that is inspirational, fun and friendly

Bookings now open for 2020, the amounts shown are the amount of spaces not the amount of rooms
ie twin with ensuite 6 places = 3 rooms available
Any queries please email

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

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Friday 22nd May – Sunday 24th May 2020

This years Shimmy up North is over …….. what a fabulous weekend.  I always come away inspired and overflowing with friendship and warmth.  I will be updating the website over the summer with our teachers for 2020.

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

We are returning to Borwick Hall in 2020 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.
GOOD NEWS – no price rise for 2020.  Borwick is struggling to get staff to manage the change over of groups so have agreed a price freeze for the year – in exchange, participants make up their own bed.  Linen of course is provided!  The Farida a crew are quite happy to help if required.

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 2020 so if you want to join us, don’t delay in booking – join ‘Shimmy up North’ for announcements as to when on line bookings will open.

Any further information on Farida residential weekends please email 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.

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)


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

Our teachers for 2020 are not yet confirmed.  The will be announced shortly.  Join our facebook page ‘Shimmy Up North‘ for announcements.


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.


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.