Kenny Ortega



  • Birth Name: Kenneth John Ortega
  • Birth Place: Palo Alto, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/18/1950
  • Profession: Producer; director; choreographer
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Kenny Ortega Fast Facts:
  • Choreographed videos and concerts for rock group The Tubes.
  • Worked with Gene Kelly on Xanadu.
  • Did choreography for films including Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • Has done choreography for the Academy Awards, the Super Bowl shows and the Olympic ceremonies, as well as for concert tours and music videos.
  • Directed and choreographed the three High School Musical films.
  • Was scheduled to choreography Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour; directed the This Is It film on Jackson's death.
  • Kenny Ortega Relationships:
  • Octavio Ortega - Father
  • Debra Lee Ortega - Sister
  • Madeline Ortega - Mother
  • Mark Ortega - Brother
  • Kenny Ortega Awards:
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Choreography - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Choreography - Winner
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Winner
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Choreography - Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Choreography - Winner
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Canada College, Redwood City, CA

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