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Discovering Resilience in the Rhythm of the Body and the Melody of the Music

Chiara Ridolfi

Self-expression through movement and music is utilised as a healing modality in many cultures. In this presentation Chiara describes Capoeira Angola (CA), an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines rhythm, dance and movement, as an effective group intervention for young refugees.CA groups create a safe environment for young refugees to overcome isolation and adversity, build up resilience through creating a sense of belonging, confidence, strengths, and trusting relationships.

These concepts speak to young people who have themselves experienced the kind of trauma, losses and deprivation associated with war and other forms of organised violence. Through movement and rhythm, CA has a great ability to transcend cultural boundaries and nationalities. This group intervention provides positive examples of human relationships, and an opportunity for young people to model their own behaviour, and develop trust and healthy socialising techniques. The benefits of CA have been systematically evaluated and the initial results are very encouraging.

Recorded at STARTTS
15 October 2013, New South Wales, Australia.
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Chiara Ridolfi

Chiara Ridolfi is a qualified Social Worker, she started working in community based projects with young people in 2000 in Italy, Brazil, Thailand and Bangladesh. Since 2007 she has been involved in the delivery of Project Bantu at STARTTS as the Project Officer and Social Worker. Chiara’s role included co-facilitation of Capoeira Angola groups, project documentation and evaluation, liaison with school, social support and referrals for the young people involved. Chiara has been training in Capoeira Angola with Mestre Roxinho and has developed her Capoeira Angola skills to the extent that she is able to teach classes independently. In 2012 she commenced the position of Child and Adolescent Counsellor at STARTTS, adding individual counselling and therapy to her duties.

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