Mallory "The Dancer" Terry's Reign On The D.C. Scene

by MADELEINE STARKEY · July 15, 2010

She used to dance at Play when that place was still around (now it's Midtown).  But for the past two years, Mallory Terry's been moving and grooving at Josephine, the downtown hotspot that calls itself a lounge but is, in all honesty, a club.  Mallory's garnered quite a following, and for good reason.

The girl can move.  Seriously.  She gyrates, pliés, spins, shimmies, shakes and rocks in ways so alluring, passers by spill drinks on themselves.  And, she makes all of her outfits.  And never wears the same one twice.

She's posted up in the same spot every Wednesday through Saturday: at Josephine, across from the DJ booth, in the main room.  The only thing separating her from her adoring fans is a waist-high glass fence type thing that separates the upper level (foyer) from the lower level (the pit).

An ever-present bouncer is there to ensure Mallory doesn't get groped.  But that doesn't mean her admirers can't interact with her.  In fact, half of Mallory's allure is her personality.  Seriously.  Forget the tantalizing outfits and moves.  This girls has a smile on her face all night long, chats with girls and guys alike who approach her (they have to get through the bouncer gate, but still) and wins people over in seconds.

It's no wonder Josephine snatched her up when the opened.  Other dancers have "auditioned" to see if Josephine can handle two dancers.  But no one has had the energy of Mallory.  So she remains a solo act.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

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