Classes & Programs


Tai Chi

Tuesdays, starting Oct. 29 (six-week class) | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Thursdays, starting Nov. 7 (six-week class) | 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. Award-winning martial artist Nikki Desch is the Instructor.


tai chi

Middle Eastern Belly Dance

Beginner Level

Saturdays, Sept. 28-Dec. 7 (no class Nov. 30) | 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $50 | Register by Sept. 23

Explore the gentle and fun art of belly dance in this beginner level class. This dance is traditionally learned from grandmothers and aunties, sisters and cousins, so you know it's full of love and joy. Come get your shimmy on, dance with a beautiful veil and learn how to play finger cymbals. Wear stretchy, comfortable clothes. Everything else is provided. No experience is necessary. Instructor Travis Jarrell has 40 years of experience teaching, and her classes and workshops have attracted a wide range of students, including non-dancers, body therapists, pregnant mothers, athletes, singers, mountain climbers, grandmothers and aspiring performers.

Intermediate Level

Saturdays, Sept. 28-Dec. 7 (no class Nov. 30) | 10-11:15 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $50 | Register by Sept. 23

Expand on basic moves learned in a beginning level belly dance class with instructor Travis Jarrell. Students should have some experience and know basic moves.


Heart Saver Class: CPR/AED First Aid

Saturday, Dec. 7 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $10 for certification card

Cookeville Leisure Services is teaming up with Carmen's Fund to build a community of everyday heroes by providing CPR, AED and emergency intervention training aligned with an established national standard curriculum. This class, for ages 14 and up, covers adult and child CPR and AED use; infant CPR; choking in an adult, child or infant; first aid basics; and opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies. Instructors Addie Lee and Mallory Scott are licensed and certified through the American Heart Association. Class is limited to 18 participants. (NOTE: Participants are required to pay $10 for certification card directly to instructor on day of class. Cash or check. Participants will receive certification cards in five to seven business days. Carmen's Fund covers cost of American Heart Association booklets.)


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. Class is taught by Rayma Ewing.

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

Cane Creek Boot Camp

Mondays and Thursdays, May 6-June 27 (no class May 27) | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Park (weather permitting) | $75

Mondays and Thursdays, July 1-August 29 (no class July 4) | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Park (weather permitting) | $75

Do you like being outdoors? Do you like for your workout to push you to your personal best? Cane Creek Boot Camp is the workout that gets you outdoors and takes your fitness to the next level. You don't have to be in the best shape of your life to attend. Boot Camp is designed to meet you at your level and help you excel from there. Preregistering for this session not only saves you money but offers you 32 total classes and a prize upon completion. Certified fitness instructor Darla Richardson will take a fun and fresh approach to fitness.

Register for Boot Camp


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