Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze's widow has given choreographer and moviemaker Kenny Ortega her blessing as he plots to remake classic 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.

Ortega, who masterminded the dance scenes to the original, reveals both Swayze's wife Lisa Niemi and his co-star Jennifer Gray can't wait to see what he does in the reboot.

He says: "Jennifer and I have been talking and she's been so supportive, as has Lisa Swayze... and I couldn't be more thankful for the outreach that has happened from the cast and crew members from the original movie."

And Ortega already has a leading lady in mind - Melanie Moore, the current favourite on US TV talent show, So You Think You Can Dance.

He tells "I would elbow people out of my way to work with her. She is so versatile, so gifted."

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