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Kai Martinez

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KAI MARTINEZ is a Latin-American professional choreographer, animation consultant and dancer from NY, currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Her background in freestyle movement and commercial choreography gives her a unique voice as a creator.

 

The knowledge she gained as a performer, Kai began expanding her reach within the entertainment industry. She has worked in commercials for such brands as McDonald’s, McCafe, AT&T, Walmart, H&R Block, Hard Rock Cafe, 19 Crimes, SK-II, Shoe Carnival, Boost Mobile and more. Kai has also worked as a movement coach and choreographer for Grammy award winning artists Anderson .Paak and Cocoa Sarai as well as Juno award winning rapper TOBi.

 

All of this experience combined led her to hold a very unique role in Disney’s 60th Animated film “Encanto” where she not only danced and acted but she also worked as an Animation Reference Consultant alongside choreographer Jamal Sims to help create the musical dance numbers for the film. She also worked closely with the Animation team to help bring the dance sequences to life, advising on movement as well as cultural nuances derived from her own Colombian heritage. Encanto won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature film and Kai had the distinct honor of performing the Oscar nominated song “Dos Oruguitas” alongside Sebastian Yatra. 

 

Kai is currently working on a new animated film that is set to release in 2023. 

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Music Videos
Cocoa Sarai - Big Dummy
Co-Director / Choreographer
Earn Yo Sleep
Cocoa Sarai - Coffee In The Morning
Co-Director / Choreographer
Earn Yo Sleep
Focus 3 Dot - Something Ain’t Right
Director / Choreographer
NVZXN Ent
Focus 3 Dot - Use Eachother
Director / Choreographer
NVZXN Ent
Jr Bevel ft. Yawny - Love & Light
Choreographer
Dir: Ashley Ederbach
Antonique Smith - Hold Up Wait a Minute
Assistant Choreographer
Dir: Larenz Tate
Arashi - Turning Up
Assistant Choreographer
Live
The Kai Experience Residency
Creative Director / Choreographer
Kai’s Table
RedBull Culture Clash - The Do Over
Choreographer
The Shrine Auditorium
Cocoa Sarai - JuneTeenth Festival
Movement Coach / Choreographer
Leimert Park
WNBA LA SparKids Halftime Show
Choreographer
Staple’s Center
Spitting Through Movement
Creative Director / Choregrapher
Panamanian Intl’ Film Festival LA
LIB - Flamboozle
Assistant Choreographer
Lightning In A Bottle Festival
Film
SpellBound
Animation Consultant / Choreographer
Skydance Animation Dir: Vicky Jenson
Encanto
Animation Consultant /Assistant Choreographer
Disney Animation Dir: Jared Bush
La Negra
Choreographer
AFI Dir: Stacy Gaspard
Super Swell Steve’s
Choreographer
AFI Dir: Michael Lazovsky
Tour
Disney on Ice
Specialty Choreographer
Feld Entertainment
Anderson .Paak- World Tour
Movement Coach/ Choreographer
Aftermath Records
CL- Hello Bi+ches Tour
Dance Captain
Hi-Hat Productions
Television
From Milan with Love - Cocoa Sarai
Choreographer
Tidal
Saturday Night Live-Anderson .Paak
Choreographer
NBC

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