James "Cricket" Colter is well known around the world and as a respected professional street dancer. In addition, he is a well versed visual artist (sequential art, children’s book illustrations, etc) and director.
Mr. Colter is a founding member of Rennie Harris Pure Movement (RHPM) and worked with the company for over 16 years. During his time with RHPM, he was involved teaching and performing all over the world, and was the lead in the outreach portion of Puremovement’s education programs. In addition, he 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 II Men, KRS-1, Will Smith, Eve, Avil Lavigne, Fall Out-Boy, and was the host of MTV Japans Dreamers television show. Cricket constantly finds himself next to movement experts that push the envelope of dance. He has toured and worked with the likes of Bill "Crutch Master" Shannon, Urban tap dancer, Tamango Van Cayseeleas, and theatrical word smith and dancer from London, Jonzi D. Cricket.
Cricket has produced and directed various dance pieces in Philadelphia and New York City, and he has also worked as the director and artistic director on the London based production company Independace’s show, Heroes, a production which he also did costume design.
Cricket’s artistic mission is to push the limits of the various movements that exist in Hip-Hop and in other contemporary dance forms by blending various art forms in order to tell a viable story on the concert dance stage, and rid the stigma that Hip-Hop is merely an athletic form of dance that can only be performed in a showcase setting. He believes that 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.