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Picture: Música Para Despertar/ YouTube

VIDEO: Former ballerina with Alzheimer’s performs choreography when she hears ‘Swan Lake’ in incredible footage

An incredible video shows the moment a former ballerina with Alzheimer’s remembers the choreography to Swan Lake when played the score.

The footage sees Marta C. Gonzalez performing her routine from 50 years previous when she is played the powerful ‘Swan Lake’ by Tchaikovsky.

She moves to the music in her wheelchair while the video cuts back and forth from footage of a ballerina performing similar moves on stage.

The video of Gonzalez was shot in her care home in Valencia. The clip opens with her urging her carer to raise the volume of the music and she is instantly, visibly moved.

Gonzalez sadly passed away in 2019, but the video has caught the attention of millions worldwide after it was shared by Música Para Despertar – a Spanish charity which uses music to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

It has been vewied over 6 million times after being shared by the Alzheimer’s Society on Twitter.

Firm details about Gonzalez’s life are scant. Although Música Para Despertar says that she was the prima ballerina for the New York Ballet in 1967.

Picture: Música Para Despertar/YouTube

What is beyond doubt is that the video is a fantastic example of the effect music can have on people with dementia and highlights its immense therapeutic qualities.

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