VIDEO: Nurse gives impromptu ballet performance in Utah hospital

Health worker kicks off shoes and gives impromptu ballet performance in Utah hospital lobby in ‘moment of pure joy’

  • A worker gave an impromptu ballet performance at the University of Utah hospital
  • Phlebotomist Teva Martinson slipped out of his shoes and started his routine
  • He performed with a volunteer pianist in the main foyer of the hospital


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A hospital worker was taking time to fight the Covid-19 epidemic by doing a ballet when a volunteer pianist started playing a tune.

The University of Utah Hospital shared footage of Tuesday’s performance on its Twitter feed, sparking dozens of questions about the employee’s name.

The worker, wearing his blue work clothes, kicked off his shoes before taking on his graceful appearance.

Teva Matinson, a phlebotomist at the University of Utah Hospital, took off his shoes and began dancing gracefully through the entryway on Tuesday

Teva Matinson, a phlebotomist at the University of Utah Hospital, took off his shoes and began dancing gracefully through the entryway on Tuesday

A volunteer pianist was playing Richard Clayderman's 1977 instrumental Ballade Pour Adeline when Martinson decided to take up dancing

A volunteer pianist was playing Richard Clayderman's 1977 instrumental Ballade Pour Adeline when Martinson decided to take up dancing

A volunteer pianist was playing Richard Clayderman’s 1977 instrumental Ballade Pour Adeline when Martinson decided to take up dancing

Martinson, wearing his hospital clothes, kicked off his shoes and started dancing

Martinson, wearing his hospital clothes, kicked off his shoes and started dancing

Martinson, wearing his hospital clothes, kicked off his shoes and started dancing

Patients and visitors were amazed by Martinson's skills compared to a professional

Patients and visitors were amazed by Martinson's skills compared to a professional

Patients and visitors were amazed by Martinson’s skills compared to a professional

Phlebotomist Teva Martinson was later identified as the talented dancer who performed in the entrance hall with a volunteer pianist.

He danced to Richard Clayderman’s 1977 instrumental Ballade Pour Adeline.

Patients and visitors alike were amazed at Martinson’s skills compared to those of a professional.

According to Fox 13, spectators stood and watched the impromptu performance.

The hospital shared footage of the dance on its Twitter account, describing the performance as “a moment of pure joy.”

Hospital spokesman Kathy Wilets said: “As our health professionals deal with the stress of the current wave of COVID cases, this was a much-needed moment of pure beauty and grace.”

Visitors watched Martinson perform his impromptu performance

Visitors watched Martinson perform his impromptu performance

Visitors watched Martinson perform his impromptu performance

One twitter user wrote: 'I've seen him dance several times in the studio where he danced!  A great dancer!'

One twitter user wrote: 'I've seen him dance several times in the studio where he danced!  A great dancer!'

One twitter user wrote: ‘I’ve seen him dance several times in the studio where he danced! A great dancer!’

Utah has seen more than 465,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with more than 2,600 deaths.

So far, 3.33 million vaccinations have been given in the state, with 1.52 million people fully vaccinated, representing 47.5 percent of the population.

Paul Keene replied to the hospital’s video, “That’s great. In these times of trouble and pain for so many. We need beauty to live our hopes and spirits.’

Another wrote: ‘I’ve seen him dance several times in the studio where he danced! A great dancer!’

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