Jamiel Laurence occupies an individual position within the wider arts economy, as an artist creating work through collaborative practice, while also producing the work of other artists through entrepreneurship, bringing together his experience as a Performer, Creative Director, Venue Director, Producer, Filmmaker, and Choreographer.
Seeking to work with like-minded thinkers on exciting projects putting dance into new spaces, Jamiel is focused on opportunities that assist with the recovery of the arts & culture sector post-pandemic and create conditions in which artists can thrive.
Since 2015, Jamiel has demonstrated the ability to facilitate new opportunities and generate dance employment, founding the #FundFreelanceDance initiative, Rubicon Dance Company and more recently launching the unique event concept, BALLET NIGHTS .
After retiring from his 12-year career touring at all scales and internationally with Scottish Ballet as a soloist, Jamiel pursued took up his filmmaking full time, and followed his independent studio work via his crowdfunding initiative #FundFreelanceDance.
As an award-winning Choreographer & Filmmaker, Jamiel has created works for several notable organizations including BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, Google, Scottish Ballet, OneDanceUK, 3Tone Records, The Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe, Dance Internatinal Glasgow, Ballet Ireland, Cardiff Castle Spiegeltent Festival, The Queen’s Jubilee, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland, Rubicon Dance Company and more.
Becoming the Creative Director and inaugural choreographer for the newly formed Rubicon Dance Company based in Cardiff UK in 2021, Jamiel facilitated welsh-trained graduate dancers achieving paying dance jobs. During his time as Director - October 2021 to 2022 - Jamiel created the company's first highly acclaimed full-length production, The Nutcracker premiering in December 2021 and still on stages Christmas 2022. In March 2022, Jamiel created the Nutcracker Bach schools tour offer, delivered to over 780 primary and high school students across Wales, and in April 2022, produced the company's digital immersive audience experience, 16:1. In September 2022, Jamiel delivered the inaugural TRIPLE BILL featuring a triple world premiere of new works, marking the milestone for the Graduate Company project as a success.
Jamiel is also a teacher and coach, delivering company classes, and teaching for organizations including New Adventures, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Ballet Associates, #FundFreelanceDance, The Lanterns Studio Theatre in London, and for those professionals engaged across his various stage, film and event projects. Jamiel is passionate about developing both professionals and student dancers towards achieving their potential and continues to evolve his own teaching practice to this end, including the launch of his new intensive series.
Jamiel became the Project Manager of the Lanterns Studio Theatre since its launch in 2011, and over the past decade has provided venue services to the biggest stage and production companies in the world, including The Really Useful Group, Disney, Cameron Mackintosh Productions, New Adventures, The National Theatre, Playful Productions, Jamie Wilson Productions, BBC, Michael Harrison Entertainment, Regent Park Open Air Theatre and more.