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Invisible Horse Dance Craze,Giddyup, has gone Viral

By of the Washington Post

Invisible horse dance looks like it would be too goofy to become popular but…

“It is “Feel Good Sunday” and as is the rule we are sharing something that might either enlighten or energize your equine spirit. But today we are not turning toward the spiritual but instead the visceral emotion of evoking the spirit and furthering the positive equine perspective to the general populace.

Please consider this post as a Diversity Moment; I consider ANY press that points a positive finger to and at the horses to be a win so even if this post is simply about a Korean dance that centers around riding a horse might seem bizarre to some the rest of us are good with the fact that 59 Million people think its cool…I like it and can actually pull it off but I will spare you the video, yuck.

Have a good Sunday and lets Rock and Roll for the sake of the Horses!!!” ~ R.T.

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Meet Psy. He’s a Korean pop star, and his music video “Gangnam Style” will do more to popularize equestrian sports than Rafalca ever could.

Since the video was posted on YouTube on July 15, it’s received nearly 50 million views and counting. It’s at the top of the K-Pop Hot 100 chart, and crossed the ocean to American iTunes charts, where it currently resides at number 65. The lyrics refer to a posh, Beverly Hills-like area of Seoul, so “Gangnam Style” alludes to ostentatious wealth and a sort of #YOLO, devil-may-care attitude.

Psy owes his international success to the surprisingly silly “invisible horse dance,” as the internet is calling it, which helped the video go viral. But as funny as the imaginary giddyup looks, invisible horse dance is on its way to becoming a full-fledged dance craze. VH1 pointed out that singer Nelly Furtado performed it at a concert recently. Psy’s appearance at a recent Dodgers game got all of the fans in the stands to do the invisible horse dance. There are t-shirts for sale. Fans are making appreciation videos. Learn the choreography, prepare for the invisible horse dance takeover.The dance has multiple influences: The 60s dance called the pony, popularized by Chubby Checker; LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” shuffle (which, in turn, comes from the Melbourne Shuffle); a little bit of Monty Python; and regular old pantomime.

Invisible horse dance looks like it would be too goofy to become popular. People would be too self-conscious to dance around like they’re riding an imaginary pony, right? But with dance crazes, the sillier, the better. Think of the Loco-Motion, the Train, and the Cotton-Eyed Joe. A few years ago, a Spanish pop group Las Ketchup, sparked a mini dance craze with their similarly lost-in-translation “Ketchup Song,” which had equally amusing moves. And chances are, you’ve gone to a wedding where the chicken dance was performed, and that song and its arm-flapping moves have persevered despite being twice as dumb-looking and not even half as good of a song.

“Gangnam Style” has made an extraordinarily stupid-looking dance move suddenly cool. It doesn’t hurt that “Gangnam” sounds a little bit like the word “Gangsta.” It’s only a matter of time before you see it at bar mitzvahs. Better saddle up and take the reins.

12 replies »

  1. Thank You RT !!!! You sure know when we need some diversity !!!!!!!! Thanks again for the Sunday Lighten Up, sure needed that !!!!!!!!

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  2. In review and looking at what is posted, here, I feel pressured to enlighten our readership that Terry and I are very diversified in our perspectives.

    We have lived in Brazil, residents, for years and I have worked around the world including my current assignment, with my paying job, in China and formerly Angola and Nigeria.

    Terry and I have traveled the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Australia, China and as of last month Outer Mongolia on behalf of the horses so our perspective is perhaps a little different than the norm, but the message and the language remains the same…it is imperative that all humans do their best and put their best foot forward in furthering the humane treatment of all co-passengers on Planet Earth and to dispel the prejudices that our elitist attitudes inspire to…it is as simple as that.

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  3. Well, who needs coffee now! 🙂 Definately a notch above my speed this morning! I should be doing this! Here I was listening to slow country! Thanks for the wake up share!

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  4. Here is a dance many of us already know how to do having grown up playing horses. The dancing is just an extension of our childhood horseplay!! Some of these moves are classic also. Morris Day of The Time did a little of this horse boogey in Purple Rain.

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  5. Home run R.T. Was up to my eyeballs and took a break and this is what I found. I’m still laughing and replaying . . . . Thank you!

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  6. Ah! ! C’mon, R.T.! 😀 -drag 0ut that Video cam…(just THinK ~what You could DO –»for the HORSES ?!). I quote*, “a Diversity Moment; I consider ANY press that points a positive finger to and at the horses to be a Win* so…” -and- “I like it & can Pull-it-0FF……”. Enough SAID ! ;D. Plleeze Show* us How it”s done = “TEXAS~stYle” ?? (?Terry, a *bit o’ HELP here? )
    *P.s. Kudos! To Mar -for remembering Morris Day dancing in “Purple Rain”!
    *P.s.s. { WoW! How I envy* + admire* your Opportunities to~Travel~this~WORLD ! So, so C00L! = a lifetime Dream* (but, the -» FIRST Place – I’d GO ~ is to SEE up-close ¤Our Wild HORSE ¤Herds! ) ~s.I.g.h.~

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  7. I agree with Terry. This dance requires a lot of stamina. It reminds a little of the Zumba routines that my kick boxing class tried to do. Some of people in the class were really good, but this is a demanding workout. But this is really fun to watch.

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