Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 7:13 PM
Subject: submit myself as disco dancer and patron
Your site says send info and wonder if I life fits
into any of your categories for official recognition-
I am "Disco Doc," the dentist featured
on America's then top rated tv show, NBC's Real People. I dared to show my
unrelenting love for disco by designing my dental clinic with a discotheque
reception room, complete with live DJ and turntables. That was back in 1979.
From there I have been featured in other media around the world for that
creative project. But it wasn't just a way to get more business, today I
continue to dance almost every Sat. and Friday nite in Waikiki Beach discos
that play retro 80s disco. I can dance the "classical way,"
but at this point have evolved my routines to include a mix of what came after
disco through the decades. If you go to my website of art (I am also a
digital web-based artist), www.lastplace.com/index.htm,
there is info at the bottom about my efforts in studying the psychology and
sociology of the disco scene and also some of my dance step insights to expand
one's disco experience. Most importantly, I give much credit to my love
of disco, for the energy and spirit of much of my current art. Dancers I hope
can feel the rhythm in my artwork, readily visible online. Online I am
"Pygoya," founder of Webism, or art that contributes to global
cyberculture via the internet. Here in Honolulu, pushing 60, running
long distance, weight training, and disco together form a triad to keep me
"young" and my disco dancing in top shape. To me only,
regretably through the lack of comprehension of government and their pigeon
hole mentality, I shall never get local public recognition for my effort to
keep disco alive and well here in the islands. I think of myself as one
of the last disco dancers, a legend consciously attempting to maintain disco
heritage, to demonstrate (without shame) how we used to dance when these retro
songs were no. 1 on the charts. When I'm retired from dancing, I
strongly feel the club scene will have lost a link to the past - and present,
and future. I FEEL SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN BORN AT THE RIGHT TIME TO
REAP THE POWER, THE BEAT, OF DISCO, THE MUSIC OF MY LIFE, WITH THE COMING OF
THE DIGITAL AGE AND THE INTERNET, ALL IN SOME TYPE OF TEMPORAL ALIGNMENT THAT
HAS MADE MY LIFE SO FULLFILLING, SPIRITED, AND ROMANTIC! GOD BLESS
DISCO DOC, a.k.a as Rodney Chang, DDS, PhD
(there's 8 more sheepskins) & Pygoya.
By the way I finally got to perform in europe in a
Frankfurt disco in 2003.
Also, just for the record, I got to demonstrate my
disco stylings in Shanghai, China in a disco (paying club cover charge for
like 15 media reporters following me about town), when I was invited to solo
at the Shanghai Art Museum (1988). I also got to curate and organize
India's first international digital art exhibition during which, I discovered
Indian Techno music and dance in the local Calcutta clubs there. You
should add this to the list of disco intergrating with national cultures.
(ps- ask any middle aged dentist in America and
odds are a few will say, "Yeah, I remember the Disco Dentist I saw long
ago on TV).
Any little public recognition for disco patronage
and a life love affair with the medium (sometimes I think of it as art, me as
a sculptural figure in disco sync) by such disco authorities as you would
assist in providing psychological 'closure' for me.
Permit me to submit the following supportive