Prancercise Creator Joanna Rohrback: "I'm Against Riding a Horse ... Let the Horse Enjoy Its Free Will"

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As you will soon learn, Joanna Rohrback has never actually prancercised alongside a horse.
Like wild mustangs galloping over the dusty Nevada horizon, it came our way without warning: a thing of raw, natural beauty.

PRANCERCISE!

As reported yesterday by New Times' equine dance-fitness bureau chief, Prancercise is a global multimedia phenomenon started by Coral Springs resident Joanna Rohrback.

In her book (Prancercise) and videos (Prancercise: A Fitness Workout), Rohrback evangelizes what she describes as "a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse's gait and is ideally induced by elation." But as Cultist learned in a phone call with Rohrback, the story of Prancercise is not one just of elation but of struggle, a healing journey back from the brink, and copyright infringement of the Funkadelic back catalogue.

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Before we begin, take a look at Rohrback in action:

Prancercise is not an overnight success but, rather, was nearly a quarter century in the making.

"I created the program in 1989 and I finished the book in 1994 but I never published it," Rohrback tells us. In spite of the successful completion of a test video entitled Funky Punky Prancercise -- full of what Rohback calls "rhyme rap" -- fate had other plans in store for Rohrback and her funky punky parts.

"I had a female condition," she says. "I never got operated on so I couldn't exercise for, like, 10 years in the 2000s."

Meanwhile, Prancercise was put on hold.

"When I spoke with publishers, they wanted guaranteed market demand but I was doing everything by myself. No support, no husband, nothing. That made it like Mt. Everest so, rather than be depressed, I shelved it for several years."

Life continued apace, though less at a canter and more at a beleaguered trot. Rohrback had attended the University of Miami's School of Nursing but completed her degree at FAU in Health Administration.

"Then I was a social worker for the state. Boring! That was for four years. I did every job under the sun while working towards my dream. Cocktail waitressing, you name it. When you're one person without connections, it's hard to do."

But, even if she would have wanted to put the video out in the world, Rohrback knew that the authorities would never allow its release.

"The music was copyrighted so I couldn't use it," she says. "The video back from 1989 was a lot of old Motown. I love Motown. There were songs by the Funkadelics, Aretha Franklin."

Over this music, she sang her own "rhyme rap," lyrics like: "Put some glide in your stride / some dip in your hip. / There ain't no place that ugly fat is gonna stick."



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15 comments
Lance Griffin
Lance Griffin

I hope she has a sense of humor,Because that is the most unintentionally hilarious thing I've seen on YouTube in a while with the comments especially.

Sam Ratcliffe
Sam Ratcliffe

I love this. I tried to go to her site but it's not working. I wonder if it crashed.

Jose
Jose

She best be careful not to prance in Hialeah or her gutted carcass will be found on the side of a gravel road....they LOVE horse meat there. Although to be fair, there isn't much meat on those bones.

Jose
Jose

She best be careful not to prance in Hialeah or her gutted carcass will be found on the side of a gravel road....they LOVE horse meat there. Although to be fair, there isn't much meat on those bones.

Leonel Rojas
Leonel Rojas

the music in her video is the same music they use in porn.

Salome Lee
Salome Lee

Is she also against the horse riding her?

shinyfluff
shinyfluff

I love this lady and think what she does is amazing. She is working to realize a personal dream that also helps others. I wish her great success : )

lolwut
lolwut

@Jose you sound like a serial killer. get a real hobby.

lolwut
lolwut

@Salome Lee the answer to that question would be definitely yet. it sounds like YOU are the one who wants to ride a horse.

malservicedogs
malservicedogs

@shinyfluff Wow....I think her ideas on "let the horse be free" is completely PETArd tastic. Seriously this woman is a whack job who knows nothing about horses. Saying the horse should enjoy it's free will is stupid. Riding isn't cruel, horses are domestic animals hard-wired to work. Drafts for instance LOVE to pull and if you don't give them an outlet for that they actually can become dangerous. To say this is like saying a sheepdog shouldn't be allowed to herd sheep and it should just enjoy it's freedom. Or even that you shouldn't walk your dog and exercise him because it's against his free will. 

Jose
Jose

@lolwut @Jose What I meant was that they eat horses in Hialeah so she may get mistaken for a horse prancing around like that and get slaughtered on the side of the road for the meat which happens to horses.

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