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Kenny Ortega Ortega at This Is It launch in HMV London, February 22, 2010 Born Kenneth John Ortega April 18, 1950 (1950-04-18) (age 61) Palo Alto, California, U.S. Occupation Television and film director, producer, choreographer Years active 1980–present Website Official site Kenneth John "Kenny" Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American producer, director, and choreographer. He is known for directing the High School Musical trilogy and Michael Jackson's This Is It concert tour.[1] Contents 1 Life and career 2 Filmography and concerts 3 Awards 4 References 5 External links Life and career Ortega was born in Palo Alto, California, the son of Madeline, a waitress, and Octavio Ortega, a poor factory worker at Redwood City.[2] His grandparents were from Spain, Europe.[3] Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly on the film Xanadu, Ortega went on to choreographing the dance for the Menudo video "Hold Me", as well as the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, and has won awards for choreography in music videos, such as Madonna's "Material Girl". Ortega directed Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" video. Together with Michael Jackson, he created and designed the Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 and the HIStory World Tour 1996-1997. He has also choreographed events ranging from Super Bowl XXX, the 72nd Academy Awards, the 1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta) and the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City).[4] In addition, Ortega has directed and choreographed High School Musical, High School Musical 2, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and was choreographer of the The Cheetah Girls 2. In May 2009, Ortega began work on the scheduled Michael Jackson 50-date This Is It concert tour, which was cancelled subsequent to Jackson's sudden death.[5] He directed the concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It which was put together from rehearsal footage recorded at the Los Angeles Forum and the Staples Center. The film was released on October 28. Ortega directed the Michael Jackson Public Memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which was broadcast live on several networks on July 7, 2009. It reached a small television audience of 31 million in America, and hundreds of millions (some even say billions) more worldwide and via the internet.[6] At the end of the service, he introduced a rendition of Jackson's 1985 charity single "We Are the World" created for the This Is It concerts, featuring Jackson's backing singers on lead vocals with his dancers performing around them. He was set to direct the 2010 Footloose remake, but dropped out in October 2009.[7] Ortega is now set to direct the upcoming movie adaptation of the Broadway musical In the Heights.[8] Filmography and concerts Film Year Film Notes 1980 Xanadu Choreographer 1985 St. Elmo's Fire Choreographer 1986 Pretty in Pink Choreographer Ferris Bueller's Day Off Choreographer 1987 Dirty Dancing Choreographer 1988 Salsa Choreographer 1989 Shag Choreographer 1992 Newsies Choreographer, Director 1993 Hocus Pocus Director 1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Choreographer 1998 Quest for Camelot Choreographer 2006 High School Musical Choreographer, Director 2006 The Cheetah Girls 2 Choreographer, Director 2007 High School Musical 2 Choreographer, Director 2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Choreographer, Director 2008 Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Choreographer, Director 2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It Choreographer, Director 2011 In the Heights Director Television Year Title Notes 1988 Dirty Dancing Director, 2 episodes 1990 Hull High Choreographer, director, 2 episodes 1996 Second Noah Director, 1 episode 1998–1999 Chicago Hope Director, 2 episodes 2000 Resurrection Blvd. Director, 1 episode 2001 Grounded for Life Director, 1 episode 2001 Ally McBeal Director, 3 episodes 2002–2006 Gilmore Girls Director, 12 episodes 2011 Phineas and Ferb Guest star, 1 episode Concerts Year Title Notes 1989–1990 Cher's Heart of Stone Tour Director 1992–1993 Michael Jackson's Dangerous World Tour Director 1996–1997 Michael Jackson's HIStory World Tour" Director 2003-2004 Gloria Estefan's Live & Unwrapped Show Director and Choreographer 2006-2007 High School Musical: The Concert" Director 2007–2008 Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Tour" Director, Choreographer 2009-2010 Michael Jackson's This Is It Tour Director Awards Year Award Category 2008 ALMA Award Special Achievement Award – Outstanding Director[9][10] 2009 National Association of Latino Independent Producers Outstanding Achievement Award[11] References ^ Kenny Ortega Interview, Michael Jackson's This Is It. ^ Hartlaub, Peter (2008-10-19). "Ortega directs 'High School Musical 3'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-10-31.  ^ Hernández, Lee (October 23, 2008). "Kenny Ortega: The man behind every step of 'High School Musical 3'". Daily News (New York).  ^ "Kenny Ortega: Biography". Retrieved 2009-06-15.  ^ "Michael Jackson Gets Ready For Tour". 2009-05-12.  ^ Hinckley, Daivd; Huff, Richard (200 9-07-08). "Michael Jackson's memorial 2nd most-watched funeral ever, after Princess Di, say Nielsen ratings". New York:  ^ Footloose Remake Loses Its Director News in Film ^ Gans, Andrew. "Universal Plans Silver-Screen Adaptation of In the Heights'",, November 7, 2008 ^ ALMA Awards Special Achievement Award –Outstanding Director ^ Kenny-Ortega and Roselyn-Sanchez at Alma Awards ^ Outstanding Achievement Award External links Official site Kenny Ortega at the Internet Broadway Database Kenny Ortega at the Internet Movie Database v · d · eFilms directed by Kenny Ortega 1990s Newsies (1992) · Hocus Pocus (1993) 2000s High School Musical (2006) · The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) · High School Musical 2 (2007) · High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) · Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) v · d · eMichael Jackson The Jackson 5 · Moonwalk · Health and appearance · Personal relationships · 1993 accusations · Living with Michael Jackson · People v. Jackson · Death · Memorial service Studio albums Got to Be There · Ben · Music & Me · Forever, Michael · Off the Wall · Thriller · Bad · Dangerous · HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I · Invincible Soundtracks The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack · E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial · Michael Jackson's This Is It Remix albums Dangerous – The Remix Collection · Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix · Thriller 25 · The Stripped Mixes · The Remix Suite Compilations A Collection of Michael Jackson's Oldies · The Best of Michael Jackson · One Day in Your Life · Anthology · The Original Soul of Michael Jackson · Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I · Number Ones · The Ultimate Collection · The Essential Michael Jackson · Visionary: The Video Singles · King of Pop · The Collection · The Definitive Collection · Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection Other releases Farewell My Summer Love · Looking Back to Yesterday · Michael Concert tours Bad World Tour · Dangerous World Tour · HIStory World Tour · This Is It Filmography The Wiz · Michael Jackson's Thriller · Captain EO · Moonwalker · Michael Jackson's Ghosts · Men in Black II · Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls · Michael Jackson's This Is It Video releases Dangerous – The Short Films · Video Greatest Hits – HIStory · HIStory on Film, Volume II · Number Ones · The One · Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour · Michael Jackson's Vision Television Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story · Move Like Michael Jackson · "Stark Raving Dad" (The Simpsons episode) Games Michael Jackson's Moonwalker · Sonic the Hedgehog 3 · Space Channel 5 · Michael Jackson: The Experience · Planet Michael Bibliography Moonwalk · Dancing the Dream Specials Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever · Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special · United We Stand: What More Can I Give Assets Neverland Ranch · Northern Songs · Sony/ATV Music Publishing Influence on society Heal the World Foundation · Thrill the World · Thriller viral video · Thriller – Live · Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour Related Works Albums (peak chart positions / certifications and sales) · Singles · Videography · Unreleased material Misc. Awards · Records and achievements · List of artists who have covered Michael Jackson · Thriller jacket · Jackson family · Lisa Marie Presley · Debbie Rowe · Quincy Jones · Kenny Ortega · Slash · Bubbles · Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award · Mind Is The Magic: Anthem For The Las Vegas Show Book · Category · Portal · WikiProject v · d · ePrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography Jim Moore / George Pinney / Jon Vanderkolff (2001) · Doug Jack / Sarah Kawahara / Kenny Ortega / Debra Brown (2002) · Sandra Bezic / A.C. Ciulla / Christopher Dean / Jamie Isley / Michael Seibert (2003) · Jason Samuels Smith (2004) · Christopher Dean (2005) · Charles Klapow / Kenny Ortega / Bonnie Story (2006) · Wade Robson / Mia Michaels / Rob Marshall / John Deluca (2007) · Wade Robson (2008) · Rob Ashford / Tyce Diorio (2009) · Mia Michaels (2010) Complete list: (1955–1975) · (1976–2000) · (2001–present) Persondata Name Ortega, Kenny Alternative names Ortega, Kenneth John Short description Television and film director, producer, choreographer Date of birth April 18, 1950 Place of birth Palo Alto, California, U.S. Date of death Place of death