Kenny Ortega

Kenneth John Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American filmmaker, touring manager, and choreographer. He is known for directing the films Newsies, Hocus Pocus, High School Musical, Michael Jackson's This Is It, Descendants, and Julie and the Phantoms.[1] He also choreographed the films St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Dirty Dancing; and directed multiple concert tours for Cher, Gloria Estefan, Miley Cyrus, and Michael Jackson. For his work, Ortega was honored with both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Disney Legend Award in 2019.

Kenny Ortega
Ortega in 2019
Born
Kenneth Miller Ortega

(1950-04-18) April 18, 1950 (age 72)
OccupationFilmmaker, choreographer, dancer, actor, touring manager
Years active1970-present
Notable work
Newsies
Hocus Pocus
High School Musical
Michael Jackson's This Is It
Descendants
Julie and the Phantoms
AwardsHollywood Walk of Fame (2019)
Disney Legends (2019)
Grammys (2021)

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