Classes & Programs


Tai Chi

Tuesdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Thursdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 29 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Fridays, Sept. 11-Oct. 16 | 10-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 8 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Thursdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Want to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This ancient Chinese 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. All experience levels are welcome to sign up for one or both of these six-week sessions.


Video: Tai Chi

tai chi


Wednesdays, Oct. 14-Nov. 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is one of the martial arts of Thailand. It is known as the art of eight limbs. Thai Boxing will be taught at basic level skills. Students will learn numerous basic Muay Thai techniques in a friendly, self-paced learning environment with instructor Nikki Desch. Register by Aug. 5.



Wednesdays, Aug. 12-Sept. 16 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $60

This workshop is recommended for anyone who is eager to protect themselves. Participants will learn basic principles of self-defense and mental and physical preparedness in a friendly, self-paced learning environment with instructor Nikki Desch. Register by Aug. 5.


Wild Edible Plant Hike

Saturday, Sept. 26 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free


Could you find food in the wild? Join us for an approximate two-hour hike through Cane Creek Park as we forage for wild edible and medicinal plants that are growing all around you. Learn how to identify plants, avoid poisonous plants, and even create a wild meal. Instructor Charles Davis has training in wilderness survival, primitive fire building and bushcraft and has taught various classes in the Upper Cumberland area. Class is free, but registration is required. Limited to 25 participants.


People hike at Cane Creek Park

Chair Yoga 

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

This full-body stretch class, led by Patty Partington, 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 are used. Preregister by calling 931-526-7393. Classes are temporarily limited to nine participants. 

Video: Chair Yoga

chair yoga

Questions about classes and programs? Email Sally Herren, Recreation Programmer, or call 931-520-5286.


Group Fitness Classes

Cane Creek Recreation Center | $3 per visit

No membership fee or contract required. 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

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 classic disciplines of ballet, jazz and modern dance. Tuition is based on 33 instructional weeks.

REGISTER: 2020-2021 dance season

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.

NOTE: Please call 931-526-7393 to make sure class is meeting.

Traditional Dance