Rohrback credits that combination with helping her reclaim her life last year after more than a decade of setbacks. She developed Prancercise and penned her book in 1994 but couldn’t find a publisher. Then she was forced to shelve the project to be a caregiver for her mother, and eventually she had health troubles of her own. For years, Rohrback was Prancercising for only five minutes a day.
But in July 2012, she decided to give the program another shot.
“I thought, ‘I’m turning 60 years old. It’s time to do this,'” says Rohrback, who self-published the book and began upping her Prancercise workouts. By the end of the year, she’d Prancercised a 5K and filmed that viral YouTube video that went live on Christmas Day.
It’s been a wild ride since Rohrback became a Web sensation. She’s been deluged with requests for appearances and classes and even a reality show. Everything is building up to her vision of a nation of Prancercisers, says Rohrback, who’d like to see a network of studios where people can experiment with moves together.
“It takes practice to fully enjoy it,” Rohrback says. “When you’re happy with your leg work, work on your arms and head.”
Although the moves she shows off in John Mayer’s “Paper Doll” lyric video are billed as “Advanced Prancercise,” there’s no such thing — yet.
“I’ve been working on something that’s a little more springy,” Rohrback says.
A few million people are waiting for that video.