A star in honor of the director and choreographer Kenny Ortega was inaugurated on Wednesday in Los Angeles on the Walk of Fame. Known for having directed and created choreography for three films from the High School Musical and Descendants franchises, the filmmaker was accompanied by Jennifer Gray, Kathy Najimy and Gary Marsh, Disney Channels Worldwide’s president and design director.
Ortega has performed choreography at Dirty Dancing. Najimy appeared in two of the films directed by Ortega, “Hocus Pocus” and “A Change of Heart” as well as in the first part of “Descendants”, made for television.
The ceremony took place nine days before the premiere of Disney Channel’s “Descendants 3”, which Ortega directed and choreographed.
Ortega received Emmy Awards for choreography at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics and High School Musical.
Ortega won a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for the “High School Musical” program.
Kenny Ortega began his career in the mid-1970s by making the choreographies for the stage performances of The Tubes in San Francisco. The first film he choreographed was the 1980 Xanadu musical.
He also made choreography for films such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty in Pink”.