Classes & Programs


Tai Chi

Tuesdays, Feb. 19-March 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Thursdays, Feb. 14-March 21 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Tuesdays, April 2-May 7 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Thursdays, March 28-May 2 | 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. Instructor Nikki Desch is an award-winning martial artist with more than 35 years of experience. 

tai chi

Middle Eastern Belly Dance: Intermediate Level

Saturdays, March 23-May 4 (no class April 13) | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Explore the gentle and fun art of belly dance. This dance is traditionally learned from grandmothers, aunties, sisters and cousins, so it's full of love and joy. Dance with a veil and learn to play finger cymbals. Wear stretchy, comfortable clothes. Instructor Travis Jarrell has 40 years of experience. Her classes have attracted a wide range of students, including non-dancers, body therapists, pregnant mothers, athletes, singers, mountain climbers, grandmas and aspiring performers.

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Thursdays, March 21-April 25 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65 | Register by March 14

This is a class for beginning digital photography students. It covers camera operation, principles of image capture, composition, subject matter, areas of artistic expression and organization of images and applications such as email, print and storage. All types of digital cameras are welcome including smartphones, electronic tablets, iPods and point-and-shoot cameras. Instructor Ron Baker is a professional photographer.

Register for Beginner Photography


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.

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

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