Pop Culture: Kenny Ortega

Kenny Ortega directs that iconic scene in “Dirty Dancing” where Patrick Swayzee lifts up Jennifer Grey
Long before directing the High School Musical trilogy and Michael Jackson’s This Is It concert film, Kenny Ortega was a choreographer trying to make his mark in Hollywood. And, boy did he! Following his work on Xanadu, Ortega choreographed Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s dancing scenes in Dirty Dancing, including that iconic scene from the dancing finale set to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" that would stun audiences and ultimately lift Ortega’s career to new heights!

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Miranda Noland, Senior Photo Editor, Digital

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.