Physical Arts

Acrobatics & Tumbling

Classes are available for beginner through advanced tumblers 5 years of age or older. Classes are based on teaching solid fundamentals which condition safe habits and learning techniques. Improvement is built on basic progressions emphasizing technique, building strength, coordination, flexibility, self-esteem, and confidence. All classes are taught by Todd Gangwish, owner of the Cheerleader Training Center, Inc.

Classes are one hour long and divided by ability level. Each student will have to contact and meet with the instructor to determine which class is appropriate for him or her. Call Todd at 901-581-0322 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Session: Continuous
Class Schedule: Monday or Wednesday

  •  Beginners, 3:30 p.m.
  •  Intermediate, 4:30 p.m.
  •  Advanced, 5:30 p.m.

Resident Fee: $15/class
Non-Resident Fee: $20/class
Instructor: Todd Gangwish, 901-581-0322   


Clogging is a true American Heritage dance that was created by the different nationalities that settled in the United States. Come enjoy fun, fellowship and exercise all rolled into one. Instructor Marie Lovelace is a member of the National CLOG Staff and has been teaching clogging for over 20 years. She is also leader of the family oriented dance group, the Riverboat Cloggers, which performs in exhibition and competitive shows in Memphis and the Mid-South area. 

Session Winter/Spring session starts January 9, 2020
Class Schedule: Thursdays, continuous

  • Beginners (ages 4 to 12): 6:00 pm to 6:40 pm
  • Beginners (ages 12 to adult): 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Intermediate: 7:35 pm to 9:00 pm

Resident Fee:  $25/month
Non-Resident Fee:  $30/month

Clogging Young at Heart

This class is for Senior Adults only. For more information call 385-5593.

SessionWinter/Spring session starts January 7, 2020
Class Schedule Tuesdays, continuous

  • Beginners: 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm
  • Basic & Intermediate: 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Fee: $15/month


Kendo is the Art of Japanese fencing. For more information, email Harry DachAges 12 and up.

Session: Continuous 
Class Schedule: Wednesday
Time:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fee:   $25/month
Instructor:  Sensei, Harry Dach


Aikido is one of the most contemporary of the traditional martial arts. It differs from other martial arts in that practitioners (Aikidoka) strive to defend themselves and others without causing injury to their attackers. The basic movements of Aikido are circular, or more precisely, spiral in nature; generally attacks are linear. The practitioner of Aikido seeks to harmonize or blend with the linear attack and convert it into a spherical motion. For ages 18 and up.


  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  •  Saturdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Resident: $30/month
Non-Resident: $35/month
Instructor: Robert Kores

Belly Dancing with Jasmine

Start out a novice, end up a goddess! In these classes, students will learn various dance styles from the Middle East and North Africa. The classes are multi-level and focus on technique and choreography. Jasmine will teach you how to move your body and find grace and flexibility. At the same time, you will be exposed to the culture and history of the regions from which this dance originates. Open to ages 12 and up. For more information call (901) 604-6455 or visit the Dance with Jasmine website.

Schedule:  Tuesdays, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Resident:  $75 (6 week session)
Non-Resident:  $80 (6 week session) 

Winter/Spring 2020
January 7 through February 11
February 25 through March 31
April 7 through May 12
May 19 through June 23


Learn how to twirl a baton from the Tennessee Twirlers' highly acclaimed instructors. The sport of baton twirling develops confidence, physical fitness, coordination, improvement in memorization skills and artistic expression. Baton twirling also inspires competitive spirit and improves self image along with offering great fun! Many of our students go on to twirl in college and receive scholarships! For ages 5 to 18.

Session I: December 12 through February 27 (10 weeks) 
Session II: March 5 through May 20 (12 weeks; no class during Spring Break)

Schedule:  Thursdays (Beginners from 5:30pm; all other levels 6:30pm)  

Resident: $120/session; Additional siblings: $55 
Non-Resident: $125/session; Additional siblings: $60
Instructor: Tennessee Twirlers  

Tennis Lessons

Come learn the fabulous game of tennis with Gary Pittman, a USPTA Professional. Gary has been coaching and teaching tennis for over 35 years. All lessons will be held at Municipal Park (Altruria Road). **In case of inclement weather, call the Inclement Weather Hotline for clinic cancellations at (901) 385-5595.**

Session I: April 6 through April 27, 2020
Session II: May 4 through June 1, 2020
Session III: June 8 through June 29, 2020
Session IV: July 6 through July 27, 2020

Lessons are held on Mondays: 

Beginners 9 & under: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Juniors 10 & up: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Adults: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Resident Fees: $80
Non-Resident Fees: $85
Instructor: Gary Pittman


The Play's the Thing: A Shakespeare Performance Class (Ages 10 to 18)

Students will experience staging a play from the audition process to the performance, by rehearsing scenes from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). This is a fun way to learn Shakespeare in a not-so-intimidating approach, learning to interpret difficult language, breaking down scenes, finding humor, and discovering character. This class is designed for students who have had an introduction to acting and/or Shakespeare and desire to pursue their interest to the next level. The class will culminate in a performance on week 12 - attendance is mandatory.

Session: January 24 to April 24, 2020 (12 weeks)  
Schedule: Fridays, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Resident: $180
Non-Resident: $185
Instructor: Megan Marcellini

Megan Marcellini earned her Masters from Northern Michigan University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Memphis. She has worked with multiple Mid-South performing arts organizations, including Playhouse on the Square, Theatre Memphis, John Roberts Powers, Germantown Arts Alliance, Germantown Community Theatre, and the Crittenden Arts Council. In addition to extensive acting and directing credits, she has been a theatre instructor for almost twenty years. She loves training and inspiring future performing artists and has a special heart for children's theatre.

The Kaleidoscope Players

Camryn Pitts (Artistic Director) and Christian Potts (Managing Director) co-founded The Kaleidoscope Players to provide children with the opportunity to think critically, dream creatively, and explore fun and exciting worlds through storytelling both onstage and in the classroom. They offer two different classes for children grades K-12: "The Players Studio" and "Theatremakers".

"Theatremakers": Students will learn how to translate their creative thoughts into original performances for the stage through structured improvisation, storytelling exercises, and acting games all while learning the basics of theatre.

Session: January 6 to February 28, 2020 (grades K-5)  
Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Resident: $100
Non-Resident: $105

"The Players Studio"
: Students will focus on the craft of acting through physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, acting technique, and scene study.

March 23 to May 15, 2020 (grades 6-12) 
Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Resident: $100
Non-Resident: $105

Updated 2-14-2020