Creative Director | Choreographer
This multi-faceted artist came from humble beginnings in Abilene, Texas and via Florida found his way to Los Angeles, eventually becoming a much sought-after choreographer in the entertainment industry!
Known for his collaborative, easy-going work ethic and knowledge of the camera made Cris a valuable commodity among producers and directors in staging both episodic and artist related musical performances. He has choreographed numerous episodes for Nickelodeon’s School of Rock, Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, The Haunted Hathaway’s and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn as well as Netflix’s Disjointed and Fuller House. In 2015 he choreographed OMI’s Cheerleader performance on America’s Got Talent and in 2016 he was the supervising choreographer for America’s Got Talent as well as contributing to the American Idol Finale on FOX.
At age 21, Judd became interested in dance. Within a year, he began dancing and choreographing professionally at Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island and shortly after his career began to take off. In 1995 he was hired to dance with Michael Jackson for the MTV Video Music Awards, which led to his dancing with Jackson on the Dangerous and HIStory world tours. In 1999, he performed at the Billboard Music Awards with Celine Dion, the MTV Music Awards with N’SYNC, and in 2000, the American Music Awards with Enrique Iglesias. He also performed at the 69th Annual Academy Awards during the "Best Song" nominee performance of That Thing You Do as well as Usher ‘s My Way music video and the video for the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Jump, Jive, & Wail.
During this time, his choreography career exploded and he was asked to choreograph Jordan Knight’s 2000 Tour, the 2001 festival tour for Perry Ferrell and Jane’s Addiction as well as Jennifer Lopez’s Ain’t It Funny and I’m Real music videos. He later directed the Ain't It Funny-Remix music video with Ja Rule and was the creative director and choreographer for Jennifer Lopez's NBC concert special, Let’s Get Loud. He then contributed additional choreography for the film, Bringing Down The House starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah and coached Nicole Kidman during her performance in the film, The Human Stain. In addition, he composed the song, Alive, which was selected as the theme song for the film, Enough and served as music producer, choreographer and co-director for Fantasy at the Luxor Resort in Las Vegas.
As an actor, he guest-starred on a number of shows including: Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous with Emma Roberts, UPN’s Eve and Half and Half. With his one-of-a-kind personality and stature in the industry, he was the perfect choice as a celebrity judge on MTV’s Made and Lifetime’s Your Mama Don’t Dance. He also hosted WE TV’s Dirty Dancing and MTV’s Bust A Move and you may have also seen him crowned the winner, by viewer vote, of ABC’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in which he donated the $250,000 prize to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
In 2009 Judd performed in a tribute to the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson, at the MTV Video Music Awards. He was featured in the dance performance of Scream, alongside Michael's sister Janet Jackson and other renowned choreographers such as Travis Payne, Tina Landon, Brian Friedman, and Wade Robson whom all worked with both Michael, and Janet Jackson. He’s also been featured as a celebrity choreographer in Keeping Up With The Kardashians and on The Real Housewives of New Jersey with Melissa Gorga. In the summer of 2013, Cris returned to the judging panel of Freemantle Media’s New Zealand’s Got Talent with Jason Kerrison and Rachel Hunter. Around this same time he created music videos for iMen (Director) and Bench Seat, multiple events for the Bowl Games of America and danced in the films Rock of Ages and La, La Land as well as in commercials for Amazon and McDonalds.
Grateful for all of the opportunities in his career Judd continues looking to LA as a source of inspiration for his future artistic endeavors and is proud to give back to the community by sharing his experiences with students across the country at conventions including Co-Dance and the Pulse on Tour.