Classes & Programs


Tai Chi

Tuesdays, June 25-July 30 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Thursdays, June 27-Aug. 8 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Tuesdays, Aug. 6-Sept. 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Thursdays, Aug. 15-Sept. 19 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Want to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This ancient martial art promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. Tai Chi is often described as "meditation in motion." In addition to stress reduction, it is used to help with other health conditions. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it ideal for all ages and fitness levels. Award-winning martial artist Nikki Desch is the Instructor.


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Wellness Day Demonstrations

Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong

Saturday, Aug 3 | 10-11:15 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

You may be fascinated by the mysterious grace of the person practicing Tai Chi in the park or recreation center, but what are they really doing? Join award-winning martial artist Nikki Desch for free Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations. Tai Chi is a sophisticated tool for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development and heath. Qigong means "life energy work" - a way of working with life energy. It can be practiced as physical movement that incorporates breathing experience or as a stationary meditation. No need to register - just drop in.

Beginning and Intermediate Belly Dance

Saturday, Aug 3 | 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

Explore the gentle, fun art of belly dance with instructor Travis Jarrell. This dance is traditionally learned from grandmothers, aunties, sisters and cousins, so you know it's full of love and joy. Come get your shimmy on, dance with a beautiful veil and learn how to play finger cymbals. Wear stretchy, comfortable clothes. Everything else is provided. No experience is necessary. Intermediate belly dance expands on basic moves learned in a beginning level class. Just drop in.

Yoga Nindra Meditation/Relaxation

Saturday, Aug 3 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

Yoga Nindra/Relaxation is a form of both meditation and mind-body therapy. It calms and refreshes your mind, relieves stress and reduces anxiety, promotes calmness and peace, and induces deep and complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Instructor Rayma Ewing is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. She is also the instructor for Cookeville Leisure Services' Chair Yoga class. No need to register. Just drop in.

Drumming Circle

Saturday, Aug 3 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

Drumming Circle is an ancient form of group meditation that has been practiced around the globe. In this workshop, the drumming will start with a simple base beat and allow participants to improvise different complimentary rhythms. As the drum circle progresses, people begin to resonate and a group consciousness develops into a collective voice. Dancing is welcome. Research shows that hand drumming reduces stress, creates a sense of community and enhances relaxation. Participants are asked to bring drums if available. Multi-instrumentalist Massood Taj of Franklin, Tenn., and Tennessee Tech University's Colin Hill (professor of percussion studies) will be leading the Drumming Circle. Drop in for this experience.

How to Journal: A writing class

Saturdays, Aug. 10, 24, Sept. 14, 28, October 12, 26 | 10-11:15 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $20 | Register by Aug. 5 (or by July 27 to receive booklet)

Journal writing is not just for professional writers. It can be a useful tool in everyone's life. Discover your focus and priorities with instructor Janet Biery. Journals give you the opportunity to discover who you are by what you feel each day or during an important event. You improve your memory whether you write a daily journal or a special memoir of an event in your life. Writing about it helps to crystallize the memory. Journal writing helps you enter a stream of consciousness and tap into your creativity. You can analyze an experience. Journal about your goals. Recall an important conversation or argument. Complete the story behind a fragment of conversation you've overheard. If it is an argument you lost, maybe you can come up with the exact word or sentence you should have said to win. Biery, retired science and math teacher who loves to write, has been president of Cookeville Creative Writers' Association for nearly 40 years and has more than 30 books on Amazon as J.R. Biery. To receive the class booklet prepared by Biery, register no later than July 27.


Journal and pen

Special Events Video Techniques

Tuesdays, Aug. 13, 20, 27 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $40 | Register by Aug. 6

If you are a video guru or just like getting your camera out for special events, this is the workshop for you. Instructor Roy Garton will show you how to prepare for taking videos at special events such as weddings, sporting events or family reunions. Participants will get hands-on demonstrations with a variety of equipment. This workshop is for people who are familiar with shooting videos with a smartphone or DSLR camera. Bring your smartphone or DSLR camera if possible, as well as a notebook for taking notes. Garton, who holds a degree in broadcast journalism, is an accomplished social media and digital media consultant with more than 10 years of experience in the film and television industry. He is an award-winning director of several independent short films and commercials.


Person records a video

Chair Yoga

Mondays and Wednesdays | 11 a.m.-noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2

This full-body stretch class is great for people with chronic pain and physical challenges. Movements flow smoothly to increase flexibility, decrease muscle tension, develop core strength and improve muscular balance. Chairs, straps and blocks will be used. Class is taught by Rayma Ewing.

chair yoga

Questions about classes and programs? Email Mildred Garrett, Programmer, or call 931-520-5286.


Daily | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $3

Take fitness classes for $3 per visit, with no membership fee or contract. Offerings include Zumba, Dance2Fit, yoga, cardio sculpt, strength training, step aerobics, cycling and much more. See monthly schedule and class descriptions.

Questions about fitness classes? Email Jen Webb, Special Programs Coordinator, or call 931-526-7393.

Fitness Class

Cane Creek Boot Camp

Mondays and Thursdays, May 6-June 27 (no class May 27) | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Park (weather permitting) | $75

Mondays and Thursdays, July 1-August 29 (no class July 4) | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Park (weather permitting) | $75

Do you like being outdoors? Do you like for your workout to push you to your personal best? Cane Creek Boot Camp is the workout that gets you outdoors and takes your fitness to the next level. You don't have to be in the best shape of your life to attend. Boot Camp is designed to meet you at your level and help you excel from there. Preregistering for this session not only saves you money but offers you 32 total classes and a prize upon completion. Certified fitness instructor Darla Richardson will take a fun and fresh approach to fitness.

Register for Boot Camp


School of Dance

August-May | Cane Creek Recreation Center

The Leisure Services School of Dance offers Dance for Young Children (ages 3 through first grade) and technique classes for ages 7 through adult in the areas of classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip hop. Tuition is based on 33 instructional weeks, August through May. Learn more at School of Dance.

Questions about School of Dance? Email Chad McDonald, Cultural Arts Superintendent, or call 931-520-5296.

school of dance students perform

Traditional Dance

First and third Friday each month | 6:30 to 8 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $1

The Cookeville Traditional Dance class meets on the first and third Friday evening of each month. The class focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries as well, such as Scotland. Neither experience nor a partner is required. Fun for the whole family. For more information, email Mev McCurdy.

Traditional Dance