"I work, research, make art, and live at the intersections of honest embodiment, humble presence, impish curiosity, and intentional community. I make artwork that gestates slowly. That cannot be made without the interdependent relationships between collaborators that take time to develop. That evolves through laughing over good food, talking about things that matter, through being fully present and vulnerable with people I care about, can learn from and alongside, and share resources in a way that enriches our lives and work."
Kai Hazelwood is a transdisciplinary artist, educator, event producer, and public speaker raising the profile of bi+/queer and BIPOC community issues through art projects, community events, and public speaking. She has appeared in BuzzFeed videos and speaks at community events, high schools and colleges about bi+ and BIPOC community issues. In 2016 she choreographed the bi+ contingent of the Los Angeles Pride Parade featuring the cast of Crazy Ex Girlfriend.
Kai's dance 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.
Kai 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. She has choreographed and done movement direction for a number of music videos and became the Resident Choreographer for Theatre Dybbuk. In 2017 Kai was selected as an Arts Omi International Arts Center Choreographic Resident, and showed work in the Black Choreographer’s Festival in San Francisco.
Kai is co-founder and a lead facilitator of Practice Progress, a consultancy addressing structural, professional, and interpersonal white supremacy through body based learning that serves non and for profit businesses, educational institutions, and individuals. She is also an adjunct professor in dance department at Chapman University teaching Modern technique through an anti-racist framework.
Kai was a 2017 Art Omi International Arts Center Choreographic Resident. In 2018 Kai founded Good Trouble Makers, a practice driven collaborative celebrating plural-sexual (Bi, Pan, fluid, queer etc.) identities and centering BIPOC. She continues as the artistic director of Good Trouble Makers who are dedicated to making. Making art, making room, making good trouble. By 2020 GTM had been covered by 21 media outlets.
Kai was a 2018 Artist in Residence for The City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Department, and was invited to Jacob’s Pillow as part of the National Presenter’s Forum. She was the founding Artistic Director of Downtown Dance & Movement, a state of the art dance facility offering classes, rehearsal, and performance space in Downtown Los Angeles before it closed due to COVID-19.
In 2019 Kai was selected as part of the 2019 Dance USA Institute for Leadership cohort and received the Duke Access Award from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP).
In 2020 Kai and GTM received an Artistic Impact Award from Invertigo Dance Theatre and received funding from the city of West Hollywood to turn parts of their dance theater piece inVISIBLE into dance films. Kai and Good Trouble Makers are the first virtual Artists in Residence for Pieter Performance Space, and in early 2021 will lead workshops and later premiere an interactive virtual performance called Touch | Screen at The Musco Center in Orange County.