In the 1960s, ballerina Marta Gonzalez performed the leading roles in the New York Ballet. Then she worked as a teacher at a choreographic school, lectured students on the aesthetic value of ballet and acted as a stage director.
But she was overtaken by Alzheimer's disease, which confined the woman to a wheelchair. The former ballerina almost stopped moving.
One day, the staff of the nursing home, where Marta spent her last days, put on headphones for her and turned on the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky from the ballet Swan Lake. And then a miracle began: at the first sounds, the former dancer began to remember ballet parts and try to repeat them. Marta Gonzalez spread her arms, slowly shook her head from side to side and smiled.
Almost all the hospital staff came to watch the dance of the ex-ballerina in a wheelchair. Doctors filmed it and only the other day, after the death of the ballerina, who died in 2019 at the age of 72, they posted the footage on the Web.
“We are honored that Marta Gonzalez’s video shocked the whole world,” said psychologist-music therapist Pepe Olmedo. “It is very important that more people with Alzheimer's and other dementias realize the power of music, dance and art in their own lives.
After watching this video, people from all over the world began to share their stories of loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's.
“Mind and brain are the most complex systems in the Universe, we must not leave people locked up, we must look for keys,” people write.
Actor Antonio Banderas joined thousands of users: “Tchaikovsky's music managed to make fun of Alzheimer's disease.”