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On That Note: The Intersection Of Music & Dance

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Wherever it's practiced, dance is about creative movement. But music also plays an equally important role.

Dance is about creative movement on stage, the dance floor or wherever it’s practiced. And when we talk about dance, it’s often in terms of movement and choreography. But the music itself is an equally integral part of the equation.

"All of that warming up is just a way to prepare [dancers] to be so creative and stunning. That’s a real reminder for us as musicians to always think about where we’re aiming [and to know that at the end, it’s about being creative and about doing something breathtaking and beautiful]," says cellist and Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen.

Each month, we talk with him about the work of a professional classical musician for our segment called On That Note. This month, Cohen spoke with Lake Effect’s Bonnie North about how the two artforms — music and dance — intersect for him:

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Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
For 35 years one of the worlds leading cello soloist, Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and pedagogue who has been broadcast on TV and radio throughout the world. His passionate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have been widely published.