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The Golden Apple: Bellydance Stars of New York (belly dance performances)

Blanca , Jenna  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Blanca, Jenna, Neon, Taksim Trio
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WorldDance New York
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XLFC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"The Golden Apple" DVD features original belly dance choreographies and improvisations by three dedicated artists and stars of the New York City belly dance scene - Jenna, Blanca, and Neon - and a special performance by Jehan, a renowned NYC choreographer and master teacher whose creative vision contributed significantly to shaping the three performers' individual dance styles. The music and dance styles presented in this program range from traditional to contemporary. All four dance artists in this recording share a vision of bellydance as a highly emotive art. Entertaining and glamorous, their dance presentations retain a strong focus on the message of each piece. In the exotic language of bellydance they talk about the emotional journey and the spiritual search of a modern-day woman.

The DVD features a number of songs from Jehan's "21st Century Priestess," an Arabesque fusion 2-CD album (StreetNoiz Records) and NYC "Taksim" trio playing traditional bellydance songs and jazz fusion.

DVD bonus features:
* Performance by Jehan from Jehan's Off-Boradway extravaganza "Goddessdance" - "21st Century Priestess"
* "Jammed Tight" - Near-Eastern jazz fusion - original composition by Souren Baronian, performed by "Taksim" trio
* Optional subtitles display discography for Jehan and "Taksim" and English-language lyrics of Jehan's songs
* Discography pages for Jehan and "Taksim" trio
* Photo slide shows


Customer Reviews

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic dancing, Excellent DVD April 14, 2005
Format:DVD
Last year, unable to come up with a good gift, I gave a belly dance DVD. The response I got was so positive that I gave another one - and now they're about all I give to anyone. I'm giving instruction or exercise DVDs to dancers, and performance videos for my non-dancer family and friends my way to promote belly dance, heh-heh! "The Golden Apple" is a performance DVD that is my top choice, and here is why. It blends modern and traditional belly dance and music. The dancing is stunning and the design even the box is beautiful to hold. The Golden Apple flows like a movie. There's tons of eye candy for people who don't care about choreography and transitions. And the song lyrics are in English...with subtitles just in case you can't hear the words! (There is only one song in Arabic). I love Egyptian pop but my family can't relate to that, so this really works for them. The production is top notch and real art, and that's how I want my circle to see my beloved belly dance world, as a respected sophisticated artform. Jenna, Neon and Blanca are amazing, I love all performances on thie DVD! The whole experience is very glamourous and unlike so many belly dance shows the dance numbers on this DVD have the sophistication of real theater. Neon and Blanca are 'modern' while Jenna is more 'classical' and Middle Eastern in her dance. Strongly recommended.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars variety and excellence May 30, 2005
Format:DVD
The dancers on this DVD are top notch examples of the many styles within the art of belly dancing, from the more traditional, graceful performances of Jenna, to the modern sophistication of the dazzling Neon, this is a collection that will delight all fans of this genre.

It's a DVD that I appreciate more with each viewing, and it is also wonderful to listen to. The songs are an exotic mix by Jehan, who writes a world music fusion with lyrics that are full of erotic mysticism, and celebrate the goddess in every woman, and by the Taksim Trio (Souren Baronian, Haig Manpukian, Mal Stein), a group that does marvelous interpretations of near-eastern melodies.

The costumes sparkle with color and are beautifully designed, and they flatter and flow with the dancer's movements, and though the performances are not brightly lit, the details of the garments are lovely.

Jenna, whose choice of music tends to be more traditional, does three numbers, one of them a drum solo that is very effective, and it is followed by sword dance duet with Blanca that is incredible. I cannot imagine how such a feat is done, but it is a marvel to watch. Jenna has consummate grace, with arms that move with such a natural flow they are like a flower unfolding.

Blanca is exquisite. There is a youthful charm about her personality, and a nubile sensuality that is seductive with a touch of innocence. Her two solo numbers are passionate and expressive, and she is part of the sword dance duo mentioned above.

Neon is superb. Her sculpted figure is astonishing, and her electric movements are so expertly done that she makes it all look easy. Neon does 3 numbers, and the final one, in a fantastic red costume, is riveting, and brings the art of belly dancing to a new high.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shimmy Shimmy Y'all! May 18, 2006
Format:DVD
In the "About This DVD" section, Neon explains that her goal was to create a performance DVD that expresses what we feel everyday in our lives while leaving behind the parameters of bellydance origin, technique and history. She accomplishes just that and does a superb job. It may be a good idea to include this statement on the cover if it's ever re-designed.

The performances are mostly done to non-traditional music by Jehan. The music is mystical and sensuous and really hooked me. I was disappointed to find that all of Jehan's CD's are completely sold out when I visited her site. Neon, Blanca and Jenna express the messages of the songs, truly interpreting them through their dance. These dancers also demonstrate the sense of empowerment that the dance has given to so many of us. My instructor would describe them as "real" as they are not "performing." They dance with a clear sense of freedom, emotion and joy rather than stiff, rehearsed routines. Each dancer is obviously enjoying herself and this is so important in this dance - they're definitely letting their inner goddess out to play, and She's having a blast. The performances are very sensuous without being overtly sexual or inappropriate and the sets and costumes are absolutely magical. There are candles, veils and an amazing sword duet.

The most outstanding part of this DVD, I think, is Jehan's performance. This is the first and only performance DVD that I've seen that features a goddess-sized dancer in all her beauty and magnificence. They deserve kudos for that.

If you're not stuck in the mindset that traditional middle eastern dance should not be deviated from, have a true appreciation of art and recognize bellydance as an art form, you'll appreciate this DVD.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the $20 March 17, 2005
Format:DVD
I was happy to receive my review copy of The Golden Apple: Bellydance Stars of New York the other day. I finally got to watch it last night. This is strictly a performance DVD. You won't find any instruction or voice-overs.

The DVD includes almost an hour of performances by NYC performers Neon, Jehan, Jenna, and Blanca, as well as a jam session with the skilled and talented Taksim ensemble. The production values are strong, and although the camera rarely holds still, cuts and pans are not obtrusive. Face shots are kept to a minimum. The focus is generally on the dancer, or the part of her body doing a particular movement. The sound quality is excellent, whether the music is live (ie. with Taksim's jam session) or canned. If you were so inclined, you could turn the video off and listen to this as though it were a CD.

In general, the dancers have large, expansive movements. Each dancer has her own musical taste. The music ranges from traditional Egyptian to Arabesque hiphop to new age breathy vocals. Although I doubt the style of every performance, costume, and song will appeal to any one person, I do believe the DVD is well worth the cost.

The DVD can be used as a costume show of sorts, with each dancer wearing a different outfit every time they dance. Mostly the dancers are in bedlah (the bra and skirt "uniform" of the belly dancer), although the first dance is performed in a one-piece brown velvet dress.

Among my favourite performances are Blanca's floorwork improvisation. I really didn't like her skirt (I couldn't help but think she's wearing diapers under it!), but I'm a sucker for good floorwork, and she has an excess of style, grace, and strength.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Get rid of the video effects
This DVD features skilled belly dancers who are quite talented. There was one performance with Jehan done with veils. Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by apriles78
3.0 out of 5 stars Not alot of passion-except for Jehan
found this video selling sex and not the art of belly dance. Belly dance should be sensual, but I did not feel this was in the true spirit of belly dance. Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by Jennifer Mora
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so Golden
The reviewer that got bashed for saying this is a mediocre dvd is correct. To a passionate dancer or afficinado, the routines more often than not are awkard and flat and really out... Read more
Published on October 8, 2008 by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars CANDY Apple, I think!
Okay, girls! Get ready for some costume envy! They are fabulous!
This is a fun and fashionable DVD that showcases several styles of dancing that you are sure to enjoy. Read more
Published on July 4, 2008 by Shara of Desert Dance
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great
It gets a bit repetitive, some dancers have good technique but no passion. It left me feeling like there was something missing.
Published on March 21, 2008 by Azime
3.0 out of 5 stars It depends on what you like....
It has a lot of new age type music. Wasn't really my cup of tea. But I always love to watch Neon, as she is an amazing dancer.
Published on September 1, 2007 by CherryJellyBean
5.0 out of 5 stars Bellydance, or Belly Dance, you decide...
Don't know, I bought it for a chick. It gets 5 stars simply the picture of the girls on the front.
Published on July 23, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Apple Stars of New York-Belly Dancers
I found this video to be well presented and professional.

The content is exciting and well performed. Read more
Published on March 14, 2007 by Alexander W. Greig
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely dancers, lovely performances, nothing spectacular.
Fair production value, although the dances/dancers are very poorly lit at times. Bellydance fans will probably appreciate this DVD. Bellydancers may find it repetitive. Read more
Published on November 7, 2006 by Work of Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on, ladies!
Since when has Randall Grass, manager of NJ indie label Shanachie Records, become an expert on bellydance? Read more
Published on June 24, 2006 by Brooke B
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