Pony Sweat is A Fiercely Non-Competitive, Radical Dance Aerobics Celebration from Los Angeles. Music that's close to the heart! A dance-fitness class that feels like dancing in your bedroom. A simple yet challenging workout that is fun and has FEELING! Come as YOU ARE, All Ways, ALWAYS!!!
The History: What started with Emilia and a few friends meeting in a studio in Highland Park has grown into a movement — Emilia’s weekly classes around LA are packed with Pony enthusiasts, growing ever fuller as friends invite friends and social media posts welcome new converts of all body types and abilities: Pony fever is contagious. People are drawn to its message of inclusivity and body-positivity, danced out to Emilia's selected soundtrack that feels like a mixtape your best friend made just for you. The moves are combinations of steps you might remember from 80’s VHS tapes of iconic aerobics gurus Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda, cathartic punches, kicks and “ponies” that just feel good in your body, and even moves that could fit into music videos of your favorite bands from classic MTV and today— Peaches, the Cure, Santigold, Siouxsie Sioux, Nine Inch Nails, Kate Bush, Robyn, Prince, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cyndi Lauper, Bikini Kill and Psychedelic Furs.
In 2017, Emilia trained an additional instructor, CJ Miller, to help teach more classes for the growing number of Ponies. CJ first heard of Pony Sweat through some friends in the LA music scene, and once she came to class she immediately identified with the philosophy of the practice— to explore movement at YOUR level, whatever that level is on any given day, to experience how it feels to dance instead of how it looks, to gloriously mess up, and to defiantly “Fuck The Moves.” Ponies connect to CJ’s fierce courage, her generous heart, and her spectacular dancing. She now teaches Pony Sweat classes on her own, as well as teaching with Emilia on Saturdays where they teach back2back classes together for up to 100 Ponies.
For people wanting to “Pony” outside of Los Angeles, Emilia worked with friends from Pancake Mountain and Evidence Film Studios to develop the first full-length dance aerobics video, “Pony Sweat: Volume One.” Released in 2017, it’s the first of many instructional videos to come and is available to for free. It’s a goth punk twist of classic aerobics with a visual nod to “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and “Desperately Seeking Susan.” It’s dance aerobics for fitness misfits of a new generation.
From Emilia's bedroom to the world- Let the Pony Revolution begin!!