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)
“Los musicales son mi mayor amor, sin lugar a dudas”, declaró el coreógrafo y director Kenny Ortega en una entrevista con una importante revista australiana en septiembre de 2006. Sus primeros recuerdos son la risa de sus padres mientras bailaban en la sala de estar de su familia. Los padres de Ortega eran españoles y cubanos; nació en Palo Alto, California. En sus décadas de carrera, Ortega ha compartido su amor con el público a través del escenario, la televisión, el cine y espectáculos como las ceremonias de apertura y clausura de los Juegos Olímpicos. Es el genio coreográfico detrás de los exitosos éxitos de Hollywood “Dirty Dancing” y “High School Musical”. Ortega ha ganado numerosos premios, incluidos un Emmy, un premio ALMA y un premio del Gremio de Directores de América. (Imagen de Mark Mainz / Getty Images para NCLR)

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