Classes & Programs


Flamenco Dance

Saturday, Oct. 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $10 | Register by Oct. 8

Flamenco Dance is a highly expressive Spanish solo dance form characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork and intricate hand, arm and body movement. (Participants must wear shoes with non-marking soles.) Join instructors Mariana Perez and Luisa Groundland, both natives of Venezuela.

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flamenco dance

Halloween Party Dances Bootcamp

Saturday, Oct. 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $10 | Register by Oct. 22

Just in time for Halloween! Learn the Monster Mash, Thriller, Witch Doctor and more while dancing in your favorite Halloween costume to spooktacular music with instructor Piper Landis.

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Halloween party dances

Self Defense

Saturday, Oct. 27 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $15 | Register by Oct. 22

Learn the basics of self-defense and taking control of your life and safety in this workshop. Participants will learn mental and physical preparedness in a friendly, self-paced environment with instructor Nikki Desch. Dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and be prepared to take an active part in class. 

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self defense class


Tai Chi

Tuesdays, Sept. 25-Oct. 30 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30 | Register by Sept. 18

Thursdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 1 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30 | Register by Sept. 20

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.

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tai chi

Intermediate Photography

Thursdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 15 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65 | Register by Oct. 4

This course, taught by professional photographer Ron Baker, is for students who have a basic understanding of photography and want to advance their understanding of digital SLR camera operation. Topics include camera controls, manual exposure, white balance, lenses and composition. Participants will learn to take control of their camera equipment and enhance photographs through image manipulation. A digital SLR camera is required.

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A woman takes photos in a rose garden.

Middle Eastern Belly Dance

Saturdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $50 | Register by Sept. 10

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.

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Chair Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 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.

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


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

Dance Remix

Thursdays | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $10

Dance Remix, a new addition to the Leisure Services School of Dance, is focused on fun and exercise. The class, taught by Jan Stumbo, features a different format each week. Dance experience is helpful but not required. ($40 pass may be purchased for five classes.)

Dance Remix class

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