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James “Cricket” Colter is well known, around the globe as a respected professionalstreet dancer . In addition he is a well versed visual artist (sequential art, children’s book illustrations, etc) and director.
Mr. Colter (Cricket) is a part of the “Step-Fenz” dance crew,a NY based dance group that is known for it’s mix of Bboy and House dance.He is a founding member of Rennie Harris Pure Movement (RHPM) and has worked with the company for over 16 years. During his time with RHPM, he was involved in teaching and performing world wide,and was the lead in the outreach portion of Puremovement’s education programs. In addition, he’s performed in Rennie Harris’ Bessie award winning multidisciplinary hip hop theater presentation, “Rome and Jewels”.
His own work includes: teaching at hip hop festivals world wide, one of which includes the famous Bates Dance Festival held annually in Maine; featured dancer in television commercials, and the successful Disney movie “Step Up 2 the Streets; music videos for recording artist,Boys IIMen, KRS-1,Will Smith, Eve ,Avil Lavigne, Fall Out-Boy ,and was the host of MTVJapans “Dreamers” television show. Cricket constantly finds himself next to movement experts that push the envelope of dance,touring and working with the likes of, Bill “Crutch Master” Shannon, to Urban tap dancer, Tamango Van Cayseeleas and theatrical word smith and dancer from London, Jonzi D. Cricket has produced and directed various dance pieces,in Philadelphia, and New York City, and worked as director and artistic director, on the London based production company “Independace” produced show ,“Heroes.” A production which he also did costume design on.
Cricket’s artistic mission is to push the limits of the various movements that exist in Hip-Hop and in other contemporary dance forms, buy blending various art forms in order to tell a viable story on the concert dance stage,and rid the stigma that Hip-Hop it is merely an athletic form of dance that can only be performed in a showcase setting. Cricket believes through Hip Hop complex stories can be told and the boundaries of theater can be pushed by adding the urban/hip hop aesthetic to costume design, set design, soundscapes, etc. To this end, Mr. Colter has recently founded his own company “Crazy-Natives” to accomplish the goal.
BELONG : “Step-Fenz” dance crew
CATEGORY : House