About Farida Dance

Farida Dance would not be the success it is without the help and hard work of the 'Farida Crew'.

Their faces are familiar to many people as they travel to different events and try to entertain our customers whilst finding them the ideal costume to suit their needs! Want to find out more about them? go to Farida Crew or click on small pics at top of page! Kay Taylor, founder of Farida Dance belly dance company's profile is there as well with details of how Kay got into this and why she's still doing it! In-between souks and trips, Kay teaches regular belly dance classes and workshops. It keeps her out of mischief.

In 1998, Kay Taylor started importing professional belly dance costumes to the UK as she had been unable to get any here herself. Kay went to Cairo and set about meeting with costumiers, looking at designs and deciding who to buy from and what sort of things she would stock. Some of Farida Dance's top designers are Hanan and the Zaki's - Eman and Hoda. Eman and Hoda are now familiar faces at Fantasia where they offer on the spot advice, alterations and designer creations, as well as being great fun to have around.

Kay chose Madam Abla because of her eye for design which flatters the female form - Madam Abla sadly died a few years ago, and her distinctive and beautifully made costumes have now become collecters pieces. Nadia Hamdi introduced Kay to Madam Hekmat who designs for Lucy. She has a different style and creates spectacular baladi dresses. For more information on Eman and Hoda Zaki see the links opposite.

Kay also met with many other costumiers who supply today's professional dancers and occasionally choose designs from them. In Istanbul Kay has worked closely with Bella who is one of Turkey's top designers and belly dance costumier. Kay likes to find good quality shops in the Khan el Khalili in Cairo and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul so that when Kay leads belly dance holidays to Cairo and Istanbul , they have a choice of designer -Made to Measure from costumiers or 'off the peg' numbers of good quality.

Kay loves choosing designs, deciding on colours and negotiating prices. and goes two or three times a year to Egypt to get new styles, find different costumiers, see what is hot in Cairo and what is not! She source new designs of good quality at reasonable prices to ship back to the UK.

Having travelled to Cairo regularly and having made so many good contacts, Kay decided she was in the ideal position to start taking groups of belly dancers on holiday and introducing them to aspects of Cairo of particular interest to dancers. Go to Kay Taylors 'Farida Adventures' website for more details on belly dance trips to Egypt and more.

 

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