Kay Taylor

Kay used to work for BT and belly dance was her hobby. Belly dance gradually took over. Kay started performing and teaching in the UK, then started traveling to Egypt where she found it opened her eyes and kept drawing her back. In particular, Cairo and the live music, the dance shows, the costumes, the noise, the excitement .... and the Nile.

Kay started Farida Dance, importing costumes to the UK. This meant she established lots of friends in the costume business as well as meeting many professional dancers in Cairo, including Yasmina - at that point the only UK dancer working professionally in Cairo. Kay packed in the day job in 2006 and lived in Cairo for nearly 4 months. This cemented her network and gave her the chance to explore Cairo in a completely different way. She spent time with friend, Nibal, who she then asked to help with groups. Nibal is now an integral part of the Cairo experience as is Yasmina.

Farida Adventures was born.

'I want everyone to get the most out of my holidays that they possibly can', says Kay,'I want them to go home inspired by the great belly dancing they see, with live music playing in their head'.

Kay is also aware that Cairo can be a bit daunting for the newcomer - it is very 'in your face'. Kay tries to get a balance between hand holding and encouraging folks to venture out alone. She feels she has succeeded when people feel safe crossing the road and negotiating taxis. Kay wants people to get the feel of the real Cairo - and refuses to shepherd people around in tourist buses. Although that would be so much easier. 'We do use buses for places like the pyramids when it is out of town', Kay points out.

Kay also had costume contacts in Istanbul so was travelling there on a regular basis and soon knew it well enough, and had lots of contacts, to be able to take groups.

Cairo and live music being her inspiration, Kay brought the Farha Tour to the UK with musicians and dancers from Cairo .... this has culminated in the Farha Festival in Luxor.

Kay and Sara Farouk, along with Tracey Gibbs also started belly dance courses on the idyllic island of Hydra. This has become a bi-annual Farida Adventure.

The newest Farida Adventure to hit the portfollio is Sex in the City style pamper breaks in Marrakech - watch this space.

As well as all this, Kay has built up a very high profile both as a performer and teacher, in the UK and beyond. Kay is Head of the JWAAD training program as well as running Farida Dance.

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