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Kai Hazelwood is a passionate and experienced choreographer, movement director, performer, educator, producer, and activist. Her training includes 6 years at the San Francisco Ballet School, summer programs at Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey, and training at the Kirov Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After a contract with the Oakland Ballet Company, Kai relocated to Los Angeles to complete her BFA at UCLA.

 

She left her 4 year post as faculty and then Dance Outreach Coordinator at AMDA College & Conservatory in January 2016 to refocus on her artistic career, beginning with a guest choreographer post with Martz Contemporary Dance Company in Barcelona Spain. Kai then went on to tour with Axis Dance Company before returning to Los Angeles to continue her own choreographic and performing work.

 

Back in LA she signed with Go 2 Talent Agency as a dance artist, and became the Resident Choreographer for Theatre Dybbuk. In 2017 Kai was selected as a Arts Omi International Arts Center Choreographic Resident, produced the 2nd evening of her own choreography and showed work in the Black Choreographer’s Festival in San Francisco.

 

She is a 2018 Artist in Residence for The City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Department, was invited to Jacob’s Pillow as part of the National Presenter’s Forum, and is the Artistic Director of Good Trouble Makers and Downtown Dance & Movement, a state of the art dance facility offering classes, rehearsal, and performance space in Downtown Los Angeles. In 2019 Kai is on the steering committee for the 2019 Western Arts Alliance Conference pre conference day focusing on Black Arts. She was also selected as part of the 2019 Dance USA Institute for Leadership cohort.

 

Kai is also co-organizer of AmBi LA an over 3,000 person strong social and support group for bi+ people. She has appeared in BuzzFeed videos and speaks at high schools and colleges about bi+ community issues. She choreographed the 2016 bi+ contingent of the LA Pride Parade featuring the cast of Crazy Ex Girlfriend.

 

Kai is a dedicated dance educator, event producer, and public speaker. Aside from raising the profile of bi+/queer and BIPOC community issues through art projects, events, and public speaking, she specializes in teaching contemporary, ballet, improvisation, composition and dance literacy through a queer and BIPOC lens.

 

If you’d like to hire Kai to speak, teach, produce a stage, or discussion please reach out to: kaihazelwood@gmail.com