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Grupo Balança

We are a capoeira group at the non-profit, Global Education Center, in Nashville. We have classes for all ages. We also perform and host events. We practice the traditional and contemporary capoeira styles, as taught by Mestre Gildo Valú.


What to Expect

Capoeira combines dance, acrobatics, music, and martial arts. Classes cover movement, music, history, and culture of capoeira. This is an intense workout! Hydrate beforehand. Wear clothes you can comfortably stretch and move in. You can also wear tennis shoes (ideally light and flexible), but capoeira is typically done barefoot, and on wooden dance floors.

Global Education Center Nashville

4822 Charlotte Ave Nashville TN 37209

Adults and Teens, All Levels.

Tuesdays @ 8:00 PM until 9:00PM Thursdays @ 7:00 PM until 9:00PM and Saturdays @ 2:30 PM until 4:00PM

Kid's Class w/ Global Education Center .
Age 7 and up, All Levels. 30min class
Register for spring or fall class here.

Tuesdays @ 6:00 PM

Grupo Balança Capoeira Murfreesboro

ChampionTone Fitness 1180 Park Ave, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Adults, All Levels.

Mondays @ 8:30 PM until 9:30PM

Grupo Balança Capoeira Clarksville

Wildside Fitness & Martial Arts 324 Union St. Suite A, Clarksville, TN 37040

Adults, All Levels.

Wednesdays and Fridays @ 7:00 PM until 9:00PM


$100Monthly Unlimited
$50Private Lesson


We are available for performances, demonstrations and seminars. Our high-energy and informative events are part of the outreach programing offered by Global Education Center. Email us to book and event, here.

We host capoeira training events, workshops, open rodas and batizados with our affiliate capoeira groups in Lexington KY and Fort Leonard Wood MO.


Mestre Gildo Valu

Mestre Valu (capoeira master) learned capoeira in Salvador Brazil; the birth place of capoeira. His style draws from the contemporary and traditional capoeira practiced in the street rodas of Pelourinho and Mercado Modelo, where he did the bulk of his training. He is a student of Mestre Boca Rica and has trained with several other schools. He began teaching in the early 1980s, and has since grown his school to include students in Brazil, Holland, Gambia, and the US.

Professor Eme Eme

Professor Eme Eme was introduced to capoeira in 1999. He has trained with different capoeira groups in the US and Brazil. The vast majority of his training has been with Mestre Valu. His style is very similar to that of his teacher, Mestre Valu. He has taught in Nashville since 2012.

Professor Cabeça no Ceu

Professor Cabeça no Ceu started learning capoeira in 2000. He has trained with several groups and has a strong foundation in the traditional capoeira style (Capoeira de Angola) and experience in the contemporary capoeira style. He has taught in Nashville since 2015.

Professor Paciência

Professor Paciência was introduced to capoeira via its influence on break dancing, which he also does. He has trained with Grupo Balança Capoeira since 2012. His dance background influences his highly acrobatic and expressive style.

Formado Mangangá

Formado Mangangá began studying capoeira under Mestre Batinho in Boyton Beach, Florida in 2012. It was at this time, the capoeira name Mangangá was imparted to him signifying his energetic strength and intensity. In 2014, he started a new journey with Mestre Valu which continues to date. Formado Mangangá aspires to create a vibrant and authentic capoeira community, helping adults and youth build confidence and uncover their unique strength.