Kai Hazelwood is a choreographer, performer, producer, presenter, and educator. 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.
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, is invited to Jacob’s Pillow as part of the National Presenter’s Forum, and is the Artistic Director of both her collaborative Kai Hazelwood + Colab, and Downtown Dance & Movement, a state of the art dance facility offering classes, rehearsal, and performance space in Downtown Los Angeles.
Kai had been a passionate dance educator for over 10 years. Aside from specializing in teaching contemporary, ballet, improvisation, composition and dance literacy, Kai is Vice President and Co-Teacher of The Hall Method, a unique muscle conditioning program reconfiguring classic pilates reformer exercises to standing exercises utilizing therabands, foam rollers, and balls. The Hall Method has been presented at The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and is supported by members of the US Olympic Medical Team.
Kai is also the Dance Director at CALA (College Audition LA.) At CALA she combines her insider knowledge of college dance recruiting from her time at AMDA, her experience as a professional dancer, choreographer, and college dance program graduate to offer group workshops, college audition solo choreography and private coaching for aspiring dancers on how to launch their careers be it college, company, commercial work or beyond.