JAMIEL LAURENCE

​. Dancer . Choreographer . Filmmaker . Producer . Teacher . Coach . Project Manager . Consultant .

Introduction

Jamiel occupies a unique 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, Film Director and Venue Manager.

As an award winning Choreographer & Filmmaker, Jamiel has now created works for several notable organisations including BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, BBC Connected Studio, Google, OneDanceUK, 3Tone Records, The Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, Edinburgh Fringe 2015, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland and more.

Since 2020, Jamiel has demonstrated the ability to facilitate new opportunities, founding the ongoing #FundFreelanceDance initiative, and more recently creating the unique event concept, BALLET NIGHTS.

​Now seeking to work with likeminded thinkers on exciting projects outing 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.

Biography

Born in London, England and trained at The Arts Educational School Tring Park, Jamiel also received two years of music training in 2006-2007 at the Trinity College of Music in Greenwich. His classical training was received at Central School of Ballet between 2007 – 2009.

Jamiel embarked on his career as a dance artist in 2009 joining Scottish Ballet; becoming a Soloist in 2016 and retiring Summer 2021.

In 2011, Jamiel became the Project Manager of the Lanterns Studio Theatre, launching the venue on its trajectory to becoming the performance, production and rehearsal hub that it is today for the biggest names in UK Production - becoming full time Assistant to the Director in 2020.

After producing several works for events and festivals across Scotland in 2015, Jamiel was selected for the 'SB Creates' Scottish Ballet Choreographic Mentorship Programme 2017 and began exploring capturing and producing his own work using a variety of modern mobile film-making techniques.

Jamiel has now created work for organisations including  BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, BBC Connected Studio, Google, 3Tone Records, Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, OneDanceUK, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland and more, with his work being shown in a variety of settings including on BBC iPlayer, BBC World Service, The International Mobile Film Festival, New York Mobile Film Festival, the inaugural Dance International Glasgow, Theatre Royal Glasgow, Dance Camera West, Celtic Connections, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dance on Camera New York, San Francisco International Dance Film Festival, LOIKKA Helsinki, and the opening Dumfries House for HRH Prince Charles.

​Jamiel acted as Assistant Choreographer to Christopher Hampson on the 2019 production of “Wee Hansel & Gretel” for Scottish Ballet, which now forms a key part of the BA Modern Ballet at the Royal Conservatroire of Scotland.

Jamiel has worked as a teacher, coach, and workshop provider extensively for organisations including Rubicon Dance, Scottish Ballet, SB Associates, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Dance School of Scotland, OneDanceUK, Broadway Weekends at Home and several local dance schools.

​During the pandemic, Jamiel founded the crowdfunding initiative #FundFreelanceDance - getting freelance Dance Artists and their supporting Artists and Services returned to the studio, returned to their craft and back into paid engagements. #FundFreelanceDance has now raised over £12,000, provided services to over 1200 participants and created 69 paid engagements since launching officially in September 2020.

In 2021 he choreographed & performed a duet for the farewell concert for Celtic Connection 2021 - The first dance performance to take place at Scotland's largest music venue, the SSE Hydro, since March 2020. 2021 also saw Jamiel provide Zoom workshops across Scotland and create the video callout for the Scottish Ballet "Safe To Be Me™ Dance Film Challenge".​

Most recently, Jamiel has been commissioned by BBC Arts & OneDanceUK for an exciting new interactive work making use of the “Audio Orchestrator” technology, working with BBC Connected Studio :- www.onedanceuk.org/dancepassion2022/

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