Classes & Programs
Saturday, May 26 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free | Register by May 21
Participants will learn how and what to compost. Learn how to manage waste, how to compost food scraps into usable products to enhance your garden, how composting benefits the environment and more. Participants will receive a large compost container to collect food waste and other organic materials such as dead leaves and grass clippings for home composting. This program is designed for ages 8 and up. Children younger than 8 may attend with an adult. Instructor Lisa Luck is the solid waste planner for the Upper Cumberland Development District.
Saturday, June 2 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $15 | Register by May 28
Protect yourself! Learn the basics of self defense, along with mental and physical preparedness for taking control of your life and safety, in a friendly, self-paced learning environment. Instructor Nikki Desch has more than 30 years of experience. This class is for ages 16 and up. Unusual physical ability and flexibility are not required.
Introduction to Belly Dance
June 16 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $15 | Register by June 11
Explore the gentle, fun art of belly dance in this one-day workshop with instructor Travis Jarrell, who has 40 years of experience teaching a wide range of students, including non-dancers, body therapists, pregnant mothers, athletes, singers, mountain climbers, grandmas and aspiring performers. Dance with a beautiful veil and learn to play finger cymbals. Wear stretchy, comfortable clothes; everything else is provided.
Community Drumming Circle with Hula Hoop Flow Dancing
June 30 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Dogwood Park | Free
Drop in for a free community drumming circle, along with hula hoop flow dancing. Drumming circle is an ancient form of group meditation. The drumming, led by multi-instrumentalist Massood Taj and Tennessee Tech University professor of percussion Dr. Colin Hill, starts with a simple base beat and allows participants to improvise complimentary rhythms. A group consciousness develops into a collective voice. Participants are also free to dance. Some drums and shakers will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring drums if possible. In addition, Kat Champlin, hula hoop flow artist and dance instructor, will present Hula Hoop Flow Dancing, which combines technical moves and tricks with freestyle or technical dancing. Modern hooping has been influenced by art forms such as hip hop, gymnastics and other dance and movement forms. In contrast to the classic toy hula hoop, modern hoopers use heavier and larger diameter hoops and rotate the hoops around parts of the body other than the waist.
Tuesdays, May 1 to June 5 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65
This course is for individuals who have a basic understanding of photography and want to advance their skills in digital SLR camera operations. Topics include camera controls, manual exposure, white balance, lenses and composition. Participants will learn to take control of their camera and equipment and enhance photographs through image manipulation. A digital SLR camera is required. Instructor Ron Baker is a professional photographer who provides top-end photos for businesses, families, weddings and events.
Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $35 | Register by June 7
Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $35 | Register by July 5
This course is designed for students who are seeking a slower-paced class due to tightness, stiffness or certain limitations. Poses are taught with more modifications and props to accommodate older students and/or those requiring more assistance. This course, led by instructor Natalie Ashker, is a progressive series that will build each week.
Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 | 9-10 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $35 | Register by June 7
Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 | 9-10 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $35 | Register by July 5
This course is perfect for students who are new to yoga or continuing students who seek to refine their practice. Fundamental poses are introduced in a step-by-step process to deepen the participant's understanding of the poses and develop mind-body awareness. This course, led by instructor Natalie Ashker, is a progressive series that will build each week.
Middle Eastern Belly Dance
Saturdays, June 23-July 28 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30 | Register by June 18
Explore the gentle and fun art of belly dance with instructor Travis Jarrell, who has 40 years of experience. This dance is traditionally learned from grandmothers, aunties, sisters and cousins so you know it's full of love and joy. Dance with a beautiful veil and learn to play finger cymbals. Wear stretchy comfortable clothes; everything else is provided. No experience necessary.
Tuesdays, May 8 to June 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Thursdays, May 10 to June 14 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Looking for a way to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This Chinese martial art has developed into a graceful form of exercise that not only reduces stress but helps with a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi, often described as “meditation in motion,” promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Participants of all experience levels may sign up for one or both of these six-week sessions with instructor Nikki Desch, an award-winning martial artist with 35+ years of experience. Registration is required five business days prior to the class.
Mondays and Wednesdays with instructor | Fridays with video | 11 a.m. to Noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays | Free on Fridays
This yoga class is designed for participants with chronic pain and the physically challenged, who spend the majority of the class seated. The “poses” are gentle, range-of-motion movements and stretching combined with breathing exercises and meditation led by instructor Shelia Barnes. For more information, email Mildred Garrett, Programmer or call 931-520-5286.
Walking to Wellness
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 10-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free
The Cane Creek Recreation Center provides log-in sheets for keeping track of walking miles. Participants may power walk indoors or outdoors.
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.
School of Dance
August through 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.
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.