Dancing with Pony Sweat
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You can go your own way in Pony Sweat’s retro aerobics class

Dancing with Pony Sweat

Pony Sweat creator Emilia Richeson calls her dance aerobics classes “a fiercely noncompetitive dance space.”

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Dancing with Pony Sweat

CJ Miller, left, helps Richeson with the aerobics dance class at Live Arts Los Angeles in Highland Park. Pony Sweat is held at various fitness spaces around Los Angeles.

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Dancing with Pony Sweat

Emilia Richeson has been teaching her classes since 2014. They became so popular she had to bring on another teacher, musician and artist CJ Miller.

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Dancing with Pony Sweat

“This is a true place to come and move in your body the way you want to move — and there’s a ton of power in that,” says Pony Sweat co-pilot CJ Miller.

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Dancing with Pony Sweat

“Get wild, take care of yourself, take care of your neighbors,” says Pony Sweat’s Emilia Richeson at a class in Highland Park.

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Dancing with Pony Sweat

CJ Miller leads the cardio dance class Pony Sweat at Live Arts Los Angeles, where the most raucous sessions take place.

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Dancing with Pony Sweat

Pony Sweat’s Emilia Richeson has a carefully curated playlist, one that includes Light Asylum, Sinéad O’Connor, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.

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Dancing with Pony Sweat

Emilia Richeson keeps the Pony Sweat classes fun and “fiercely noncompetitive.” Her advice to people: “You don’t have to go at your neighbors’ level, you don’t have to go at my level, go at your level.”

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