Terre Haute Living August 2018 - Page 9

UPFRONT columns FIT & FAB MOM ERIN GREGORY Investing in the community O ne of the women who strike me as a pillar of strength and support in our Wabash Valley community is Mallory Halleck. Mallory and her husband Brandon not only run their own business on top of full-time jobs, but also support area youth through Chances and Services for Youth and other area nonprofits. Mallory was kind enough to allow me to feature her this month as a strong, fit, work- ing mom in Terre Haute. Born and raised in Terre Haute, she is a 2007 graduate of Terre Haute North and a 2011 gradua te of Indiana State University. She attended the Scott Col- lege of Business and majored in accounting and forensic accounting. Her senior year she was selected for an internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. That internship turned into a job offer, and eventually a career. “I’ve been with the Fed six years now as a Consumer Compliance Bank Examiner,” she said. “I travel for work and am frequent- ly visiting community banks in Ohio and Kentucky. As a compliance examiner, it is my job to make sure that the banks are abiding by all of the consumer laws and regulations, including fair lending, Unfair and Deceptive Acts or Practices (UDAP), and the Commu- nity Reinvestment Act (CRA).” Her educational background only touches the surface of Mallory’s life experiences, however. She has also been dancing since she was a little girl. She took ballet and jazz as a child, and was a proud member of the Otter Creek Rockin’ Otters. Ballroom dancing caught her attention after watching ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Mallory met husband and fellow dance enthusiast, Brandon Halleck, at the local business, The Dance Studio, for Mallory’s parents’ anniversary years ago after she had purchased them a gift certificate for dance lessons. “They were having so much fun and thought that I would really enjoy it, so my mom signed me up for a lesson,” Mallory recalled. “Brandon ended up being my dance instructor, and the rest is history! It only took him about a month to ask me out!” When the opportunity presented itself to take over The Dance Studio in 2014, Mallory and Brandon jumped on it. “Brandon and I took over the business tribstar.com/terrehauteliving in 2014 and we moved to our forever home at 13th and Wabash in Jan- uary of 2016,” Mallory said. “Moving down- town has been the best decision we’ve made. We love being a part of the downtown family and are excited to see downtown continue to grow. We hope that the community continues to embrace and support us into the future, as they always have in the past.” Brandon and Mallory spend countless hours investing in the studio and the success of their students, not only while teaching, but also while choreographing and participating in various community events. Balancing the studio as well as full-time jobs and family life can prove to be a challenge at times. “It makes all the countless hours worth it when you help someone accomplish some- thing they didn’t think they could do (wheth- er it be a new dance, step, or simply dancing for the first time in their life),” Mallory said. Brandon and Mallory will be sharing their talents with the community again this year as they support the YMCA of the Wabash Valley at the annual fundraiser The Red Gala on Aug. 24 at The Red Barn at Sycamore Farm. “We were thrilled to be a part of the first annual Red Gala last year,” Mallory said. “We love being able to put on a show, all while helping to raise money for the YMCA. The venue [The Red Barn at Sycamore Farm], silent auction, food, and dancing made for a fabulous night! I would encourage all com- munity members to come out, enjoy a night out on the town, and support the great pro- grams that the YMCA offers. When Brandon and I get the chance to perform together, we like to go all out! You can expect to see lots of rhinestones, fancy footwork, and even a few lifts and tricks! Stay tuned!” Being raised in Terre Haute, Mallory has attended various events and classes at the YMCA throughout her life. She was also a member of Y-Teens in high school. “The YMCA promotes healthy living, which is so important in this day and age,” she said. “There are so many classes and events for the community to get involved in and stay active and healthy. I’d encourage everyone to go check out a fitness class, whether it be yoga, Zumba, or swimming. They have classes for every age and fitness level.” Between helping out the community, run- ning a business, and working a full-time job, Mallory makes it a priority to find balance in her life. “Given that my full-time job takes me out of state for many weeks during the year, it can be difficult to get it all done,” she explained. “I’m lucky to have a supportive husband and family who help make sure nothing falls behind when I’m gone (and that the bulldog babies are healthy and happy).” For more information on The Dance Studio and what Brandon and Mallory offer, visit www.danceterrehaute.com. To catch their performance and support the YMCA at The Red Gala, call 812-232-8446 or stop by the Vigo County YMCA to reserve a table today. Erin Gregory is a full- time stay at home mom of two young girls and part-time fitness instruc- tor at the YMCA. She is a freelance publicist and writer for a variety of publications; her work is often accompanied by photos taken by her husband, Mike Gregory. August 2018 • Terre Haute Living 9