Modern Play is equipped with a staff of highly trained instructors who can work with all age groups. Kids 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 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.
Lexie Parks is Modern Play’s Managing Director. She is a Chattanooga native and a classically trained ballet dancer. For 16 years she studied the French and Italian ballet methods as well as jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical. She applies her years of gymnastics and tumbling training to Modern Play’s pre-school gymnastics programs and Modern Play’s dance/gym/tumbling combo classes. She was an NCAA division 1 scholarship athlete on the women’s rowing team during her time at Jacksonville University.
Her diverse background in fitness training and long history of living an active lifestyle has given her a passion for fitness and supporting the development of healthy habits. She believes 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. She considers it a privilege to have a job where she can inspire and teach children of all ages while helping her team and Modern Play grow daily as we serve families all around the Chattanooga and North Georgia area.
Hello, my name is Morgan Wann and I am the marketing director and instructor 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 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.
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!
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.
Rachael Garrett is a mom of twin boys who loves to help children accomplish their goals. She currently owns a small marketing business that helps local businesses. She grew up in gymnastics starting at 4 years old then switched to competitive Cheerleading in 6th grade in Ooltewah, TN. After cheering on the sidelines in high school, she decided to teach cheer and gymnastics while in college. She taught classes for 5 years then switched her career. This past year she went to trampoline gym with her boys and noticed a younger girl that was so close to landing a back handspring but needed a few pointers. She helped the little girl and it made her remember why she loved being a coach. The little girl was so proud to finally land it with a different approach. Rachael is very excited about teaching classes again, especially at Modern Play! With her background, she wants to ensure beautiful technique and proper form for skills needed in gymnastics and tumbling while having fun.