How Jenna Ortega Choreographed Wednesday Dance

Jenna Ortega Choreographed Wednesday Dance

The dance scene from the fourth episode of Wednesday, a brand-new Netflix TV series produced by Tim Burton and starring Jenna Ortega as the eldest Addams family daughter, has become one of cinema history’s most famous moments. Tyler and Wednesday fling themselves onto the music, revealing a moment that instantly went viral online; Jenna Ortega also revealed how she choreographed Wednesday Dance.

Due to her depiction of Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix show, Jenna Ortega has unexpectedly shot to stardom among the general public. In the most recent Netflix series produced and directed by Tim Burton, Ortega plays the gloomy and challenging young daughter of a famous gothic family.

How Jenna Ortega Choreographed Wednesday Dance

Unbelievably, Jenna Ortega created the choreography for what we see on television rather than a professional choreographer. I felt insecure about it, as she admitted in a Netflix special by reviewing the scene. 

Thanks to Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse’s Rich Man’s Frug, Lisa Loring, Lene Lovich, Denis Lavant, and archival footage of Goths dancing in clubs in the 80s. They helped me with this scene. I choreographed it myself, which is evident since I’m not a dancer or choreographer.

The scene came as a surprise, even to Ortega’s co-stars. In the script, it was just “Wednesday dances, and then Tyler goes after her,” says Hunter Doohan, who plays Tyler. I kept asking what would happen, and then Jenna showed up and did that. Doohan’s reaction on the dance floor was utterly genuine, encouraged by Wednesday director Tim Burton.