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MEET THE TEAM

Modern Play is equipped with a staff of highly trained instructors who can work with all age groups. Kid’s and teen’s classes are carefully designed to teach age-appropriate skills and are closely monitored to make sure your kids are safe and happy. Our adult classes are taught by knowledgeable, professional instructors who are dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals. So whether yoga is your cup of tea or zumba is more your style, the team at Modern Play is ready to help you and your family get fit!

Ooltewah Personal Trainers

Lea Caplenor

Hello, my name is Lea Caplenor and I am the owner and party specialist for Modern Play. I have accomplished many things, but my biggest accomplishment is being a mom. I have 2 brilliant, active kids: Reagan who is 11 and Reed who is 9. I am also the wife of an awesome guy named Ben. I have a Bachelors of Science degree with an emphasis in Psychology from Cumberland University and have spent the last 24 years teaching dance and tumbling in all kinds of environments, from satellite programs, to daycares to recreational studios thru competitive ones. I graduated High school from North Carolina School of the Arts, danced with Pennsylvania Ballet and Nashville Ballet. Before moving to Chattanooga I owned my own Dance Studio in Lebanon, Tennessee.

My passion is working with kids and being a positive role model ; influencing them to be healthy, active, happy and proud of their accomplishments. Believe it or not my kids helped shape this idea of having a space where they could play, learn and exercise in a safe environment. Reagan and Reed both enjoy exercising with me. I believe leading children by example to live a healthy life is so important. It is amazing how being a parent brings out your best version of yourself. But there is also guilt of spending time on yourself. How cool is it that they can learn and be active and so can you at Modern Play? Both feeling refreshed and energized! Modern Play is a place like no other!

When I am not working, I love firepit nights at home and spending time watching my kids do what they love. My door is always open. I want to partner with you and build a relationship with your child to help them prosper and grow up healthy and happy.

Ooltewah Personal Trainers

Morgan Wann

Hello, my name is Morgan Wann and I am the managing director and team leader for Modern Play.

Since I was a little kid I always wanted to be a teacher, and after growing up with little sisters, I was a natural. For 6 years I have been professionally working with children, starting at a daycare and then went on to teach gymnastics, mommy and me classes and dance. For two years I lead a gymnastics special needs class and a bi weekly program for special needs children through parks and recreation.

When I’m not working I like to spend time with friends and family, traveling and doing photography, art or anything creative! I have always had a passion for teaching (and learning from) children. Working with children has taught me patience, how to be flexible, how to use my imagination and how to love unconditionally. My mission is to help every child discover their inner talents, overcome their fears, and help them be the best they can be!

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Imara Jackson

Imara Jackson discovered her love for dance when taking dance classes for three years at Contra Costa Christian High School in Walnut Creek, California. Mrs. Jackson began choreographing and teaching hip hop around 1999. She took initiative in forming a hip-hop squad at Covenant College and kept it going from 2003-2006.

Mrs. Jackson proceeded to move to Atlanta, GA in 2007 and trained in various styles, was part of different dance companies, crews, dance productions, music videos, and performed behind several Atlanta artists. Some projects included being a member of dance crew Dragon House, dance company The Purple Elephant Society, and being signed by DDO Nashville/Atlanta.  Mrs. Jackson now resides in Chattanooga, TN. Locally, she has performed with her crew COMMIX and done guest performances with The Pop Up Project. She is currently an ACE certified personal trainer and continues sharing her love for dance & movement with others through teaching various dance & dance fitness classes.

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Ryan Roberts

Ryan Roberts was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Ryan found his love of Hip-Hop dance at the tender age of 9 years old and has been dancing for 14 years. To better his Hip-Hop dance skills he took several dance classes anywhere he could and loved to watch live performances from his favorite artists.

From 2013-2015 Ryan danced for a dance company called WEAVE: A Conceptual Dance Company to help shape his Hip-Hop style and learn other dance styles.

Mr. Roberts now teaches Hip-Hop at various dance studios around Chattanooga, and dances with his dance crew COMMIX. Ryan is so excited to be a part of the Modern Play family and share his love of Hip-Hop with everyone. He is humble and grateful. He loves building confidence in kids and helping them learn that movement is expression and exercise!

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Madeline Mayo

Hi! Im Madi, and I am excited to be on the staff at Modern Play.

I have done gymnastics for 18 years and coached for 6 years. From age 2 to 14, I trained at a competitive power gym in Kentucky and competed gymnastics through level 8. In High school I was part of an acro-cheer team. I went on to do the same at Southern Adventist University, where I performed with the Gym-Masters across the U.S.

I loved performing at festivals and even performed at NBA halftime shows! I can not wait to help grow our new gym family!

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Ashley Hopkins Ferguson

Ashley, is a formally trained ballet dancer, who discovered Barre as a way to get back into shape after having children. Ashley loves that Barre is a fusion of the pilates, yoga, aerobics, and strength training that dancers do! Ashley is a Barre Above certified, busy wife and mom of 3!

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Traci Rodriguez

Hello! I’m Traci Rodriguez and I am the cardio barre instructor at Modern Play. I grew up in Clarksville, TN where I played volleyball throughout my high school years. I attended Austin Peay state university where I met my husband and we moved to the beautiful Chattanooga area to raise our two babies. Barre at Modern Play has been a game changer for me. I’ve lost a significant amount of weight and most of all gained strength and confidence. I’m certified by barre above ™️ and you can catch me every weekday at the barre either joining in the fun of taking a class or teaching it.

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Cameron Moreland

Cameron Moreland trained with Chattanooga Ballet for 16 years, graduating to company level. After a break from ballet she started teaching dance fitness classes throughout Chattanooga. She was approached to become a Barre instructor and fell in love with the form, movement, and results. After years of teaching Barre in various studios in Chattanooga she found Modern Play. The community, support, and care for each other at Modern Play is unlike any other studio. Modern Play also gave her the the gift to peruse other opportunities in Bungee and Ariels, providing inspiration, creativity, and fun.

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Kirsten Sontag

Hello! My name is Kirsten and am excited to join the modern play team! I am originally from middle Georgia but I grew up all around the US as a military child and then moved around even more as a military spouse. My husband has recently retired and we chose Chattanooga as our home.

Gymnastics has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I took recreational classes for years before I started competing at level 4. I competed until level 7 and then “retired” at the age of 16 after growing 6 inches in one summer!

I missed the atmosphere and just being in the gym so I jumped right into coaching as my first job. This has led me to coaching gymnastics on and off for the last 19 years.

I have coached recreational gymnastics all the way from preschool aged children to adult classes. This past year we moved from Okinawa, Japan where I coached both recreational gymnastics and a competitive team for 4 years on a military base. I love working with kids and seeing their determination and excitement to learn new skills.

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Alexandria Kyriakidis

Hey there! My name is Lexie Kyriakidis and I’m one of Modern Play’s gymnastics and dance teachers. I am a Chattanooga native and graduate of Jacksonville University. I was a ballet dancer for 16 years, classically trained in the French and Italian methods. In addition to my ballet training, I studied tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical as well as gymnastics. I was also on my high school’s girls rowing team and went on to become an NCAA division 1 scholarship athlete.

I have a passion for fitness and supporting the development of healthy habits and confidence in children of all ages. I believe that encouragement and kindness can go a long way in building up a child’s confidence to try new things and be their best self. It’s a privilege to have a job where I can teach and inspire children of all ages.

In my free time, you can find me training for a marathon, playing with my dog, or having a barbecue with my family!