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!
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 8 and Reed who is 6. 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 20 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, crashing my friends pool 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.
Hello, my name is Morgan Patterson 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!
Imara Young discovered her love for dance when taking dance classes for three years at Contra Costa Christian High School in Walnut Creek, California. Miss Young 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.
Miss Young proceeded to move to Atlanta, GA in 2007 and since then has not only been training in various styles, but has been 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.
Miss Young now resides in Chattanooga, TN as an ACE certified personal trainer and plans to continue sharing her love for dance with others through performing with her crew COMMIX and teaching various dance & dance fitness classes.
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!
Hi there! My name is Melissa Gibson and I am so excited to be joining the team here at Modern Play. I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, but moved to Chattanooga when I was in high school. My husband Eric and I have 2 wonderful and active kids: Lilly Jane, who is 8, loves running, climbing, swimming, and gymnastics and Graham, who is 6, loves soccer, baseball, and swimming. I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in Sociology. I currently work at local gyms and at BlueCross.
My love and passion for fitness began at a young age. As long as I can remember I was always playing a sport. Whether soccer or gymnastics or softball, my parents kept me active and encouraged a mindset of fitness as an outlet, which continues to this day. This drive for fitness and endurance sports morphed its way into marathon running and triathlons.
After college I decided to become a certified fitness instructor because I love sharing my passion and helping motivate others to do their best. I have over 15 years of experience instructing fitness classes and current certifications in group fitness, cycling, kickboxing, BOSU, Zumba, and Personal Training. I firmly believe that the key to fitness is to love whatever activity you are doing, because if you love it you will be more motivated and consistent. Also making sure you have a workout buddy to encourage accountability is a great help!
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!
Ashley Hopkins Ferguson
Ashley Hopkins Ferguson was born in St. Petersburg, FL where her ballet training started at the age of 2. After moving to Massachusetts she continued her instruction with Ballet New England and Boston Ballet. Ashley went on to study at the Academy of Ballet Arts and perform with the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. She was fortunate to participate in many workshops under the direction of notable companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater, and prima ballerina Maria Tallchief.
Currently she raises three busy, amazing children, and works within the juvenile court system as a mediator. Despite the fact that it has been a number of years since she donned her ballet shoes, Ashley is so looking forward to rediscovering her very first love....ballet!
Hello, I’m Alli and I am so proud to be part of The Modern Play team! I first started coming to Modern Play when I enrolled my son in gymnastics and just knew it was something I wanted to be a part of!
Cheerleading was always a part of my life & I have done it all from Recreational, All-Star, Middle School, High School & even college! I competed with my All-Star Squad, KC Cheer, from 4th grade to my senior year of high school where we won several Nationals as a level 5 team and even competed at Worlds! I also cheered 3 of my 4 years at UTC.
I am so passionate about this sport and hope that I can help these girls turn their cheer game up a notch 😉!
Hello, it’s Paige! I am recent transplant from the Nashville and am excited to be a part of the Modern Play team as your Barre-Tender and Bungee Fit Coach! I am a Health Coach and Group Fitness Instructor as well as a homeschool mom. My passion for group fitness began just 3 years ago, born out of my own struggle with weight loss. Just over 4 years I was 100 pounds overweight and barely able to walk. I knew I had to make some changes, so I focused on my nutrition while practicing very basic yoga moves. As the weight dropped, my ability to move increased. This led me to my love of group fitness and my new life’s passion as a Health and Wellness Coach. To date I have lost 102 pounds! am in the best physical shape of my entire adult life and for the past 3 years I have successfully coached so many others find their own success. I truly believe that whatever you can conceive, you can achieve!
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.