Let's Dance

As well as soap making, I love dancing, so each soap is inspired by a ballet, a dance, a character from a ballet...


The ballet La Bayadère was originally staged  by French choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus, at the Bolshoi theatre in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1877.  The scene from the ballet known as The Kingdom of the Shades, has become one of the most celebrated pieces in all of classical ballet


This ballet choreographed to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, tells the well loved tale of Cinderella



The fictitious love of Don Quixote whom he searches for in the ballet of the same name.



This is one of the world's oldest surviving ballets. Originally choreographed by Filippo Taglioni in 1832, for his daughter Marie, it introduced the first ever tutu.  The great Danish ballet master Bournonville's 1836 version however, is the only version known to have survived.



The decorous sweeep of the pavane has its origins in Italy and is a slow courtly dance common in Europe during the 16th century. The musical form survived past the 16th century and many famous composers have tackled this musical style.



The polka is originally a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout all of Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the nineteenth century in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. The polka remains a popular folk music genre in many European and American countries, and is performed by many folk artists.



The rigaudon is a French baroque dance which originated as a sprightly 17th-century French folk dance for couples. 

Today the rigaudon is a central part of Quebec's musical tradition


Samba , also known as Carioca Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance. It combines the folk traditions of West Africa and Brazil and has become an emblematic dans and musical style of Rio de Janeiro and its famous carnival.


The Farandole is an ancient dance from Provence in France. Traditionally danced to a lively music, men and women follow a leader through a serptentine course.


This dance originated in the Spanish colonies and was danced to lively music. It became banned in 16th-century Spain however it evolved into a slow, stately dance popular in France. It is also a musical form used by many famous composers


Tarantella, comes from the south of Italy and is characterized by lively music in 6/8 time accompanied by couples dancing light, quick steps and teasing; the women frequently carry tambourines.