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Ortega was born in Palo Alto, California. He attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City. Ortega is the son of Madeline, a server, and Octavio “Tibby” Ortega, a factory worker from Redwood City. His grandparents were from Spain. Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly to the movie Xanadu, Ortega went on to choreographing the dancing for the Menudo video “Hold Me”, along with the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, and has won awards for choreography in music videos, including Madonna’s “Material Girl”. He also worked against The Tubes on their stage shows and directed the video for She Is a Beauty. Jointly with Michael Jackson, he created and designed the Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 as well as the HIStory World Tour 1996-1997. In May 2009, Ortega started work on the scheduled Michael Jackson 50-date This Is It concerts, that was cancelled subsequent to Jackson’s sudden death. He directed the concert film Michael Jackson’s This Is It which was assembled from rehearsal footage recorded in the Los Angeles Forum along with the Staples Center. The movie premiered on October 28.