Um. Do you guise all know about Prancercise? Apparently it went viral a few weeks ago but whatever, I just found out about it this morning and Prancercise is UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL. Please watch:
So I don't know about you all, but I'LL obviously be Prancercising at all times now... fare thee well, walking/jogging/running/meandering, it was nice knowing you. And BONUS JONAS: the Hairpin interviewed Joanna Rohrback, the woman behind the Prancercise magic, and the result was predictably wonderful. A few of my favorite excerpts:
Joanna, I’m a big fan of your work. I tried to do Prancercise this morning as interview prep and it was a lot of fun and I also felt very self-conscious for the first few minutes. Any tips for people who have a hard time letting go?
They might want to try to do it in their houses first if they have enough space to travel between rooms. Or maybe they could do it with other people so they won’t be as self-conscious. I don’t know! I never was like that.
I actually started Prancercise on the Hollywood boardwalk where all these addict athletes were just strutting their stuff, running and Rollerblading. This was back in ’89, and the heads did turn, but I didn’t care. And if I really wanted privacy, or if it was raining or something, I could still do it pretty much anywhere, even in a parking garage!
Have you ever done Prancercise alongside a horse?
I’m so glad you asked that question. This is my dream! I haven’t done it yet, but I have been invited by several ranches to come and do a video with some of their horses, and I can’t wait.
You’ve always been interested in helping people—you were a social worker for some years and you have a public health background. Did you ever expect that Prancercise is the way you would make your big impact?
Oh no. This is an aberration, it’s a real fluke. I’m very happy about everything that’s happened, but it probably would not have been my first choice to get famous from a video that so many people think is risqué.
But I love those pants. They struck me as very coherent with the spirit of Prancercise.
Well, thank you. It sounds like you get it. And that’s really nice! I hope a lot more people are able to go past the video and understand the message of Prancercise.
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