Incredible moment ballerina with Alzheimer’s remembers routine to Swan Lake
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This is the heartwarming moment a former prima ballerina with Alzheimer's is taken back to her dancing days when she hears the music she performed to decades ago
Marta C Gonzalez becomes animated as she recalls the choreography of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”, as her delicate hands transform her into a performer once again.
The former prima ballerina, who danced in New York during the 1960s, performed Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake hundreds of times during her career.
Like other athletes, ballet dancers have incredibly high tuned bodies, the result of undergoing years of vigorous daily training.
And Ms Gonzalez showed how performers never forget that training as she listened to the classical soundtrack through headphones.
Ms Gonzalez left people captivated by her moving performance
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From her wheelchair, she begins to recall the upper-body choreography and gives an incredible show to her audience.
After finishing her performance, she is met with a round of applause by staff and residents at her care home in Valencia.
Ms Gonzalez is then comforted by a care worker after confessing to them that she is “emotional."
The prima ballerina, who died in 2019, has captivated social media after a clip of her incredible performance was shared by Música para Despertar, a Spanish music therapy group.
The former prima ballerina performed in New York during the 1960s
“The power of music is immeasurable,” the charity said in a tribute. “May she rest in peace.”
Viewers on Good Morning Britain were left in tears after the TV show aired the clip.
Piers Morgan, 55, and Susanna Reid, 49, both praised the "incredible" video while people at home were left feeling emotional.
One fan tweeted: "Tears rolling down my face watching Marta listening to the music she used to dance to.
The incredible performance has captivated millions of people
"So uplifting and sad all in one! What a ballerina! Stunning!"
The video is now making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook after celebrities including former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips shared the incredibly moving clip.
Actor Antonio Banderas shared the video on Facebook where he paid tribute to the former prima ballerina.
Ms Gonzalez showed how music can transcend illness
He wrote: "53 years ago she was a NYC Ballet dancer. Tchaicovsky's music managed to mock his Alzheimer's. It's been a year since all of this.
"Now on the occasion of your passing, serve the dissemination of these images as a well-deserved recognition of your art and your passion.
"RIP Marta C. Gonzalez."
Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner shared the clip on Instagram with her 9.9 million followers.
She added: "Our innate connection to music, to movement, to the arts is beautiful.
"This former ballerina's sense memory of Swan Lake – just does me in, it's so lovely.
"Thank you to everyone in the fight against Alzheimer's."
The Alzheimer's Society also shared the clip on Twitter, adding: "This clip shows what an important tool music can be for people with dementia. So beautiful to see!"