(Jackson, Wyo.) - It has been a part of their lives for many years and has almost developed into a second family. Now, senior dancers from Dancers' Workshop (DW) will bid farewell to the organization that has been such a big influence in their lives. Seniors Sydney Bryan, Noelle Huser, Dylan Anderson and Bean Shindell will perform a special farewell senior piece to close the New Dances/New Choreographers "Reflections" event this Friday and Saturday. This is their second to last show, with their final performance on May 14. For these seniors, it is more than just moving on to college or a career, but a bitter-sweet goodbye. *Sydney Bryan* Bryan has been dancing with the DW Junior Repertory Company (JRC) for six years. Besides the senior farewell piece, she will be choreographing one dance and performing in two others. "It [this performance] means a lot because JRC and DW are such a supportive second family to all of us and there is a lot of trust and camaraderie," she said. "Next year, I am going to Connecticut college in New London, Connecticut and am majoring in dance and also marine biology," Bryan added. *Bean Shindell* Shindell has been with JRC for seven years. This weekend, she choreographed a solo dance and will be performing in six other pieces. "I am extremely sad to be leaving DW because I have been dancing here my whole life, but I am extremely excited that I got a contract with the San Diego Ballet," she said. "I am really excited to go dance with them." *Noelle Huser* "This is my 9th year dancing with Dancer's Workshop and it is such a magical and unique community," said Huser. "We have opportunities that we are so lucky to have and you wouldn't expect a small town in Wyoming to have. It is a really strong family." Tonight and tomorrow night, Huser is choreographing one piece and dancing in six others. Next year, she will head to the University of Montana to study dance and journalism. "It is really surreal that it is all coming to an end," she added. . *Dylan Anderson* Anderson began dancing with DW when she was four-years-old and is almost 18. She also was a member of the Jackson Hole High School Dance Team for four years and was a co-captain for her senior year. This year, the JHHS Dance Team won the state championship for the first time in 10 years. Following graduation, Anderson will attend the University of Utah to study pre-nursing. "It [the final DW performances) is definitely bitter-sweet because I have been dancing with DW for so long and it has been such a big part of my life that it will be weird for it to be done," said Anderson. "It went by so fast it was like the blink of an eye. For it to be over so quickly is surreal, but at the same time I am moving on and going to college, and hopefully going to accomplish bigger and better things. It is really exciting and something I am truly looking forward to." "It is bitter-sweet to leave my last footsteps on the stage, but it will be something that I can take with me for the rest of my life that I with cherish -- being with DW," Anderson added. "All of the dancers are so talented and I have been so lucky to work with them for so many years." New Dances/New Choreographers "Reflections" is tonight and tomorrow night at Dancers' Workshop Studio 1. More information on the event is in Buckrail's recent article "Emotions, world issues artfully conveyed through dance."
The seniors' last dance will be the Progress Performance 2016 Rock and Roll
show on May 14.
*Feature Photo: Seniors Sydney Bryan, Noelle Huser, Dylan Anderson, Bean
Shindell. h/t Dancers' Workshop / Pitchengine Communities*