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. Kai has choreographed music videos for a variety of musical artists and in 2016 she choreographed a contingent of the LA Pride Parade featuring the cast of Crazy Ex Girlfriend. In 2017 Kai was selected as a Arts Omi International Arts Center Choreographic Resident, 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 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).