Interview with Kenny Ortega, Award Winning Director

“Musicals are my greatest love, without question,” choreographer and director Kenny Ortega declared in an interview with a leading Australian magazine in September 2006.  His earliest memories are of his parents’ laughter as they danced in their family living room.  Ortega’s parents were Spanish and Cuban; he was born in Palo Alto, California.  In his decades long career, Ortega has shared his love with audiences across stage, television, movies, and spectacles such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic games.  He is the choreographic genius behind the wildly successful all-American Hollywood hits “Dirty Dancing” and “High School Musical”.  Ortega has earned numerous awards, including an Emmy, ALMA Award, and Director’s Guild of America Award.  (Image by Mark Mainz/ Getty Images for NCLR)

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