Classes & Programs
How to Create a Water Garden
July 28 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $15 | Register by July 23
This workshop shows participants how to create a water garden. Instruction includes choosing a good location for the pond or container, shape and depth, liners, preformed ponds, concrete ponds, containers, pumps, skimmers, filtration installations, as well as appropriate plants and fish. Participants will receive an aquatic plant. Instructor Michael Cassella holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Tennessee Tech University and has 25 years of experience in designing, remodeling, repairing and installing water gardens. Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch.
Wedding Day Dance Bootcamp
August 18 | 11-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $10/person or $15/couple | Register by Aug. 13
This dance bootcamp will focus on traditional father/bride and mother/groom wedding dances. Participants will learn basic dance steps, lead and follow technique and dance floor etiquette to feel confident and poised when walking out on the dance floor for that special day. Instructor Piper Landis is a professional ballroom dancer who has taught for more than 20 years. She specializes in ballroom, Latin, swing and wedding dances.
Party Dances Bootcamp
August 25 | 11-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $10 | Register by Aug. 20
Participants will learn or improve favorite party line dances done at weddings, reunions, parties and events. Included are instructions for Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide and Wobble. Participants may come single or bring a partner. Instructor Piper Landis is a professional ballroom dancer who has taught for more than 20 years. She specializes in ballroom, Latin, swing and wedding dances.
Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $35
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, July 5, 12, 19, 26 | 9-10 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $35
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, Aug. 14-Sept. 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30 | Register by Aug. 7
Thursdays, Aug. 16-Sept. 20 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30 | Register by Aug. 9
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. Instructor Nikki Desch is an award-winning martial artist with more than 35 years of experience.
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.