Hollywood Reporter - center stage

By Hilary Atkin 


(Oct. 15, 2004) Kenny Ortega began his professional career performing with multimedia recording artists the Tubes before venturing into film, where he assisted Toni Basil on choreographing Bette Midler's first feature, 1979's "The Rose." 

Some of film's most memorable choreography bears Ortega's mark, such as the parade scene in 1986's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and 1987's "Dirty Dancing." 

In addition, Ortega worked with Emilio and Gloria Estefan for 10 years, creating choreography for music videos, concerts and two Olympic ceremonies. 

Today, Ortega has his hands in all aspects of the entertainment industry: commercials for Pepsi, music videos for Elton John and large Las Vegas stage shows. Ortega also is an accomplished TV and film director; this season, he plans to direct several episodes of the WB Network's "Gilmore Girls" and is currently developing a film written by Culture Clash.