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Goodbye - In loving memory of Sierra Newbold. Choreographed by Kaelynne Oliphant

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Published on Jun 25, 2013

Goodbye was choreographed in loving memory of Sierra Newbold.

The making of "Goodbye" will forever be one of the most special moments of my career. It all began on a beautiful evening last July. The air was cool and comfortable. The kids in our neighborhood were all out riding their bikes and enjoying a perfect summer evening. But this day was anything from perfect. Despite its beauty, it had been a down right dark and sad day.

I was sitting with my sweetheart on our porch discussing the painful details that had been released in a press conference earlier that day concerning Sierra. "I need to do something," I kept saying over and over. (Of course, I think we were all saying that very statement.) Just then, a certain piece of music filled my mind. I couldn't remember the name, but I knew where to find it. I ran inside. The CD I wanted actually was exactly where I thought it would be. This was amazing to me because it had been a good year since I had listened to it. I grabbed my Walkman (yes, I still use a Walkman) and began listening, desperately trying to find the music that had filled my mind. Pure joy overcame me as I found the match. I listened to this song over and over without interruption for at least and hour and a half. As I listened, my mind was filled with the powerful love Sierra and Taylor enjoyed as sisters. At the end of my session it was complete. The story. The choreography. The costumes. It was all there. Everything had been laid out for me. I knew exactly what to do without hesitation. Never before had I experienced anything quite like this. Without a doubt, it was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences I have ever had.

Goodbye is a story of two friends who were lucky enough to also be sisters. Those who are closest to the family understand certain moments in this piece and why they are so special to these two girls. I feel honored to know about their special goodbye and hope all who watch it may also feel of their love.

The Newbold family is special indeed, and not just because they were blessed with Sierra. Thank you for allowing me to honor you, Sierra, Taylor, and your family. May "Goodbye" forever show how true love will overcome all evil. And to those who have loved and lost, may it give you peace in your heart. All is not lost, it is just goodbye for now. True love will always endure forever. Sierra will always be a shining example of this to us all.

With Love,
Kaelynne A. Oliphant

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