Classes & Programs


Communication Skills

Saturdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 26 | 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

In this workshop, you will be deepening your interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills. Discussion will center on your ability to listen and respond to others beyond your beliefs, opinions, habits and perceptions. The idea is to examine our own ideas about how we communicate with others (interpersonal) and with ourselves (intrapersonal). Topics of discussion will include confidence, radical self-acceptance and worthiness, self-assurance and communication skills. Some other topics to be covered are dealing with difficult people, listening vs. hearing and how to be more accountable. Instructor Frederick Kester earned his MED and graduate certificate from Coppin University and Johns Hopkins, respectively. He has 49 years of teaching experience in public education. He also has experience teaching introduction to psychology, interpersonal communication, and the seven habits of highly effectively people/teens/college students.

Cane Creek Recreation Center | $20


communication skills workshop


Saturday, Feb. 12 | 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 workshop

Painting Workshop

Friday, Mar. 25 | 5:30 p.m.

Ready to bring out your inner artist? No experience? No problem! This is a step-by-step acrylic painting class. Instructor Mary Mae Smith of The Art Jam in Cookeville will provide the image, and you'll create your own masterpiece with her guidance. Materials are provided. Just bring yourself and a creative attitude. Smith, a graduate of Savannah College of Art Design, has been creating art professionally for 13 years and instructing for seven. Register by March 23. Call 931-526-7393.

Cane Creek Recreation Center | $35

painting workshop

Ongoing Classes

Tai Chi

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

Jan. 4-Feb. 8, Feb. 15-Mar. 22, Mar. 29-May 3, May 10-June 14

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

Jan. 6-Feb. 10, Feb. 17-Mar. 24, Mar. 31-May 5, May 12-June 16

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 per six-week session


tai chi

Children's Karate

Mondays | 4-4:45 p.m.

Jan. 3-24, Feb. 7-28, Mar. 7-Apr. 4, Apr. 11-May 2

Tuesdays | 4-4:45 p.m.

Jan. 4-25, Feb. 8-Mar. 1, Mar. 8-April 5, Apr. 12-May 3

This karate class, for ages 6-12, 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 class at Cane Creek Recreation Center, Cookeville, TN


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

Jan. 5-Feb. 9, Feb. 16-Mar. 23, Mar. 30-May 4, May 11-June 15

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




Feb. 5, Mar. 5 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Kundalini meditation is the process of cleansing the subconscious mind of impurities. It acts as an energy shower that washes away negativity, stress, anxiety and tiredness accumulated during the day. It charges you with fresh positive energy, lightness and peace. With body and mind totally together, you slip out of their hold and become a witness to both. This watching from the outside is what brings peace, silence and bliss. The meditation is done with its specific OSHO Kundalini meditation music, having four stages: shaking, dancing, listening and silent sitting. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Instructor Dr. Mohan Rao, who was born in India, is a professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Tennessee Tech University. No registration necessary. Just drop in.

Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

meditation workshop

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 | $5 drop-in

Traditional Dance

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

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.