Health worker kicks off his shoes and gives an impromptu ballet performance in Utah hospital lobby in ‘moment of pure joy’
- A worker gave an impromptu ballet performance at University of Utah hospital
- Phlebotomist Teva Martinson slipped off his shoes and began his routine
- He was performing alongside a volunteer pianist in the hospital’s main foyer
This is the moment a hospital worker took time out from fighting the Covid-19 epidemic to give a spontaneous dance performance in the lobby.
The worker, who was wearing his blue scrubs, kicked off his shoes before launching into his graceful performance, with a volunteer accompanist playing the piano in the hospital lobby.
The dancer was later identified as phlebotomist Teva Martinson.
Teva Martinson, who is a phlebotomist at University of Utah Hospital, removed his shoes and began gracefully dancing across the entrance foyer on Tuesday
Footage of the dance went viral, prompting an appeal to identify the masked dancer before Teva was identified
The hospital shared footage of the dance on its Twitter account, describing the performance as ‘a moment of pure joy’. One Twitter user wrote: ‘I’ve watched him dance multiple times at the studio he danced at! An amazing dancer!’
The pirouetting phlebotomist was dancing to Richard Clayderman’s 1977 instrumental Ballade Pour Adeline.
Patients and visitors were astounded by Martinson’s skills and viewers of the video asked if he had professional training.
The hospital shared footage of the dance on its Twitter account, describing the performance as ‘a moment of pure joy’.
Hospital spokesperson Kathy Wilets said: ‘As our healthcare workers deal with the stress of the current surge in COVID cases, this was a much needed moment of pure beauty and grace.’
Paul Keene replied to the hospital’s video: ‘That is amazing. In these times of trouble and pain for so many. We need beauty to living our hope and spirit.’
Another wrote: ‘I’ve watched him dance multiple times at the studio he danced at! An amazing 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 being fully vaccinated, a rate of 47.5 per cent of the population.
A volunteer pianist was playing Richard Clayderman’s 1977 instrumental Ballade Pour Adeline when Martinson decided to start dancing
Martinson, who was wearing his hospital scrubs, kicked off his shoes and began dancing
Visitors stood and watched while Martinson carried out his impromptu performance
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