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Kenny Ortega Biography

Birth Name:
Kenneth John Ortega
Birth Place:
Palo Alto, California, United States
Profession
Producer, director, choreographer

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

Awards

  • 2015Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs: winner
  • 2015Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs: winner
  • 2015Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs: winner
  • 2015Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs: winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Choreography: winner
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: nominated

Relationships

  • Mark Ortega -- Brother
  • Octavio Ortega -- Father
  • Madeline Ortega -- Mother
  • Debra Lee Ortega -- Sister