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March 26, 2024

Choreographer creates dance inspired by NICU stay

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Choreographer creates dance inspired by NICU stay

Terressa Sipes delivered her first child at 30 weeks. For more than two months she and her husband put their child and their trust in the hands of the NICU team at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Terressa, a dance choreographer, felt inspired to create a piece reflective of their time in the hospital.

"I wanted the dance to start with spoken word so I looked up some different poetry online and kind of compiled a poem… the very last line of the poem is, nurses are angels who walk on the earth. That just really struck me... so that’s what we chose for the title of the dance- Angels on Earth.”

A link to the full dance routine can be found here: