Classes & Programs

Tai Chi

Tuesdays | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Apr. 6-May 11

Thursdays | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Apr. 8-May 13

Fridays | 10-11 a.m.

Apr. 16-May 21

Tai Chi, often described as "meditation in motion," coordinates deliberate physical movements with breathing to achieve inner calm and peace. This low-impact exercise puts minimal stress on muscles and joints and offers many potential benefits for all ages. All experience levels are welcome to sign up for a six-week session with instructors Nikki Desch or Teddy Spivey.

Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30


tai chi


Wednesdays| 5:30-6:30 p.m.

April 7-May 12

Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is one of the martial arts of Thailand. It is known as the art of eight limbs. Students will learn numerous basic Muay Thai techniques in a friendly, self-paced environment with instructor Nikki Desch.

Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30



Cane Creek (Re)Boot Camp

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 1-June 29 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Are you ready to make a change? It’s 2021 and time for a reboot – (re)Boot Camp that is! This three-month program will take you out of your comfort zone and push you to be your best! (Re)Boot Camp will utilize a variety of Cane Creek Park’s natural elements to incorporate body weight exercises, cardio and strength training. Workouts are designed to push participants harder than they would push themselves and to always keep their bodies guessing. Each participant will be completing a pre- and post-assessment to track their progress. They will also receive a 14-class bonus pass to use on classes of their choice along with a (re)Boot Camp completion hoodie. Instructors Cara Sheets, Jen Webb and Sally Herren are full-time staff at Cane Creek Recreation Center. All three teach fitness classes and specialize in strength training and cardio conditioning.

Cane Creek Park | $119 (3 months) or $45 (1 month) 


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Cane Creek ReBoot Camp

Youth Volleyball Clinic

Saturday, April 10 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bump, set, spike! This clinic, especially for youth volleyball enthusiasts, is an opportunity to get hands-on experience before school tryouts with Coach Petreva Hobbs, along with Daniel 1 Academy and Tennessee Tech University volleyball players. Open to ages 8-15. Register by April 2. Call 931-526-9767 or stop by 180 CC Camp Road. 

Cane Creek Gymnasium $25

Youth Volleyball Clinic

Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Hike

Friday, April 30 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Could you find food in the wild? Join us for a hike through Cane Creek Park as we forage for wild edible and medicinal plants that are growing all around you. Learn to identify those that are useful for survival as well as some poisonous plants to avoid. Participants will meet at Cane Creek Recreation Center and then walk to different areas of the park. 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. Bring water and be prepared to walk a mile or so. 

Meet at Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free (registration required)


wild edible and medicinal plants at Cane Creek Park

Children's Karate

Tuesdays | 4-4:45 p.m.

May 4-25, June 1-22

This karate class, for ages 7-12, is a great way to get in shape, boost self-confidence and learn to defend yourself. Mu-Gen, our style of karate, means “no limits.” Mu-Gen is a hybrid system based primarily on Japanese, Okinawan and Korean karate but also incorporates elements from Chinese, Thai and Philippine martial arts. Students will learn simple, effective self-defense techniques that allow them to take advantage of their personal strengths. Students will need to purchase their own karate uniform in either white or black. Instructors are Nikki Desch and Teddy Spivey.

Cane Creek Recreation Center $25 per four-week session


children's karate at Cane Creek Recreation Center

Wedding Dance Workshop

Saturday, May 8 | 10-11:30 a.m.

This dance workshop will focus on traditional father/bride, mother/groom and bride/groom dances. Any participant who would like to learn how to do a traditional slow dance is welcome even if they are not a member of the wedding party. Participants will learn basic dance steps, lead, 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 with more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in ballroom, Latin, swing and wedding dances. Register by May 5.

Cane Creek Recreation Center $17 per couple or $10 per person


wedding dance workshop

Photography Workshop

Saturday, May 15 | 10 a.m.-noon

This is an introductory class for photography hobbyists. Participants will learn basic camera operation, as well as composition and subject matter. This class will take place mostly outdoors at Cane Creek Park. Bring a digital SLR camera.  Instructor Ty Kernea is an award-winning photographer in the Cookeville area. He is the campus photographer at Tennessee Tech University and was a long-time staff photographer at the Herald-Citizen newspaper. He has 25 years of photography experience and has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and USA Today.

Cane Creek Recreation Center and Park | $20


Ty Kernea photography

Self-Defense Workshop

Saturday, May 15 | 10 a.m.-noon

Learn basic principles of self-defense to take control of your life and safety by learning mental and physical preparedness in a friendly, self-paced environment. This workshop is for anyone who is eager to learn ways to protect themselves. Instructor Nikki Desch teaches a variety of ongoing classes for Cookeville Leisure Services. Register by five business days prior to class.

Cane Creek Recreation Center $20


self defense class

Outdoor Pickleball League

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, June 7-July 23 | 9-11 a.m.

Ready for some outdoor pickleball? We are starting a seven-week pickleball league at the new court at West End Park. Cane Creek SportsPlex staff will be onsite to oversee scorekeeping and coordinate matchups. Each player will receive points for games played and wins. The top three point earners will receive Cane Creek Gymnasium 35/30 passes (35 free visits). Register between May 3 and May 31 by calling 520-5224.

West End Park $10


West End Pickleball League

Chair Yoga 

Mondays and Wednesdays | 11 a.m.-noon

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. 

Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2 drop-in

chair yoga

Fitness Classes

Cookeville Leisure Services offers a variety of group fitness classes. Drop in for $3 per class (unless otherwise posted).

Cane Creek Recreation Center

Monthly Schedule and Class Descriptions


School of Dance


The Cookeville 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.

Cane Creek Recreation Center

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School of Dance students dance at their spring recital at CPAC.

Social Line Dancing

Mondays | 12:30-3:30 p.m.

If you enjoy line dancing, come join the fun. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary.

Cane Creek Recreation Center

$3 drop-in

Traditional Dance

1st and 3rd Friday | 6:30-8 p.m.

UPDATE: This class is not meeting until further notice. Call 931-526-7393 for details.

Cookeville Traditional Dance meets on the first and third Friday each month. This class focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries, such as Scotland. No experience or partner required. Fun for the whole family with instructor Mev McCurdy.

Cane Creek Recreation Center

$1 drop-in

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

Questions about fitness classes? Email Jen Webb, Special Programs Coordinator, or call 931-526-7393.

Questions about dance classes? Email Chad McDonald, Cultural Arts Superintendent, or call 931-520-5296.