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KENNY ORTEGA (Director, Choreographer, Executive Producer) has amassed a body of work that is loved by millions worldwide. He is the director and choreographer of Disney Channel's Emmy Award®-winning "High School Musical” and the sequel "High School Musical 2.”

Ortega created and directed the sold-out "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds” concert tour with special guests, Jonas Brothers. Spanning 70 dates and 58 cities in fall 2007 and winter 2008, the concert was filmed in state-of-the-art 3-D at several venues including Salt Lake City and St. Louis. The 3-D film, directed by Bruce Hendricks, produced by Art Repola, and featuring Ortega as he works with the young artists to prepare for the tour, was an unprecedented success.

He produces "High School Musical: The Ice Tour,” which debuted in fall 2007, and served as creative director for "High School Musical: The Concert,” which launched in fall 2006. The sold-out 42-date arena concert tour ran throughout North America and, after a break to film the sequel to the movie, carried on through spring 2007 in Latin America. Ortega also directed and choreographed the hugely popular Disney Channel Original Movie "The Cheetah Girls 2” in Barcelona, Spain.

He was nominated for a DGA Award for "High School Musical 2,” which has been seen by more than 286 million television viewers worldwide. For the original 2006 movie, which has been seen by more than 255 million viewers worldwide, Ortega won the DGA Award and the Emmy Award® for outstanding choreography with his team, Bonnie Story and Charles Klapow. The trio is also among the honorees at Dance Camera West's inaugural Choreography Media Honors. The Imagen Foundation, which recognizes the positive portrayal of Latinos in media, honored Ortega with a Creative Achievement Award. Variety named Ortega Showman of the Year in Fall 2008.

He previously won two Emmy Awards® for Directing and Choreographing the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Ortega received the Career Achievement honor at the American Choreography Awards in 2004. Born to first-generation Spanish parents in Redwood City, California, Ortega began his career at age 13, performing in plays and musicals, including the production of "Oliver” with Georgia Brown.

In the 1980s, he became known for his stage direction and choreography of The Tubes, ultimately catching the attention of singer Cher, who asked Ortega to choreograph her television special. He became the most sought-after choreographer for the industry's biggest musical artists, including Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Elton John, Bette Midler and The Pointer Sisters.

When Ortega made the transition from stage choreography to film choreography, he had the honor of working with the legendary Gene Kelly on the feature film "Xanadu,” and then again on Francis Ford Coppola's "One from the Heart.” Kelly taught him how to design choreography for the camera. Ortega went on to choreograph the hit films "Dirty Dancing,” "Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” "Pretty in Pink” and "St. Elmo's Fire.”

Ortega directed Walt Disney Pictures' "Newsies” and "Hocus Pocus.” He also directed episodes of "Gilmore Girls,” "Ally McBeal,” "Chicago Hope” and "Grounded for Life,” garnering him an Emmy® nomination.

He has collaborated on numerous theatrical and large-scale outdoor spectacles. In the summer of 2007, he worked with Hugh Jackman on "The Boy from Oz” stadium tour in Australia. Ortega continues his work in Las Vegas, overseeing the production of "Lake of Dreams,” a new outdoor, multimedia show for the Wynn Hotel, and co-producing the grand openings of Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio and Wynn Macau (China) with Steve and Elaine Wynn.

Ortega also choreographed the renowned dancing fountains outside


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