May 11, 1988 |
Kenny Ortega stops his rehearsal for a dance sequence in the movie "Salsa" and stomps to the middle of a crowded dance floor, grabbing a shirtless and muscled young man by his sweaty neck. "You've got to chase that white boy out of you," Ortega hollers, gently guiding the dancer's face to his partner's cleavage. "Passion, man, I want passion," he says. "People go to movies to see a way of being that they're missing in their lives. So you got to create that magical place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2009 |
It had all the makings of an epic disaster: short notice, family tensions, multiple freeway closures, a potential crowd in the hundreds of thousands, divas galore, even a circus that was waiting in the wings.
August 12, 2007 |
When Kenny Ortega was a high school student in Redwood City, Calif., his counselor told him he had to choose between his two extracurricular passions: track and drama. He couldn't do both. It was policy. Now some 40 years later, that dream-squashing counselor has been paid back -- big time. "High School Musical" -- the Disney TV movie Ortega directed and choreographed urging kids to be true to their dreams -- has been seen by more than 160 million people around the world. The little $4.
September 4, 2012
Ithappens. We have a blast spending money in the shops, restaurants and casinos (oh yes, the casinos) only to realize that our travel budget is shot. Sure, you can pull out the plastic, but in Vegas, you don't have to. In fact, Sin City is teeming with free stuff to do and see after you've played that last chip. FOUNTAINS OF THE BELLAGIO Grab a bench to view this stellar choreographed water show - consisting of more than 1,200 dancing fountains and a spectacular sound system - at the Bellagio.
September 16, 1991 |
Viva!The Music Center handed out awards Sunday to six Latino arts and entertainment figures. The awards program, "Viva Los Artistas," was designed to recognize Latino contributions in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day and the ongoing "Artes de Mexico" festival. Recognized were Edward James Olmos (acting), Luis Valdez (directing), Martika (pop and Latin music), Bea Rodriguez (dance) and Kenny Ortega (choreography). In addition, a memorial award went to the late Margo Albert.
July 27, 2002
Actors Antonio Banderas, Laura Harring, Lupe Ontiveros, Benito Martinez and Constance Marie were among those honored Friday night with Golden Eagle Awards by Nosotros, a Los Angeles-based organization that works to improve the image and employment of Latinos in the entertainment industry.