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About Kenny Ortega Kenneth John "Kenny" Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American producer, director, and choreographer. He is known for directing the High School Musical series and Michael Jackson's "This Is It" Tour.Life and career Ortega was born in Palo Alto, California. His paternal grandparents were Spanish. Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly on the film Xanadu, Ortega went on to choreographing the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, and has won awards for choreography in music videos, such as Madonna's "Material Girl". Ortega directed Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" video. Together with Michael Jackson, he created and designed the Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 and the HIStory World Tour 1996-1997. He choreographed major events such as Super Bowl XXX, the 72nd Academy Awards, the 1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta) and the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City). In addition to choreography, Ortega has directed and choreographed High School Musical, High School Musical 2, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and was choreographer of the The Cheetah Girls 2. In 2008 Ortega was honored as one of the most powerful and influential Hispanics in entertainment by the Imagen Foundation. In May 2009, Ortega began work on the scheduled Michael Jackson 50-date This Is It concert tour, which was cancelled subsequent to Jackson's sudden death. He directed the concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It which was put together from rehearsal footage recorded at the Los Angeles Forum and the Staples Center. The film was released on October 28. Ortega directed the Michael Jackson Public Memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles memorial service, which was broadcast live on several networks on July 7, 2009. It reached a television audience of 31 million in America, and hundreds of millions more worldwide and via the internet. At the end of the service, he introduced a rendition of Jackson's 1985 charity single "We Are the World" created for the This Is It concerts, featuring Jackson's backing singers on lead vocals with his dancers performing around them. He was set to direct the Footloose remake starring Gossip Girl actor, Chace Crawford, but dropped out in October 2009.

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1. Kenny Ortega 6500
2. Ron Howard 6240
3. Tyler Perry 4234
4. Steven Spielberg 1487
5. Clint Eastwood 1469
6. Spike Lee 673
7. David Lynch 400
8. Stanley Kubrick 320
9. Martin Scorsese 188
10. Damon Lindelof 99

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24. S.S. Rajamouli 8772
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26. Milco Mancevski 8200
27. Shawkat Amin Korki 7488
28. Kenny Ortega 6500
29. Randa Alam 6453
30. Alexander Dovzhenko 6287
31. Ron Howard 6240
32. Dadasaheb Phalke 5977

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