. Creative Director . Choreographer . Filmmaker . Producer . Teacher . Coach . Project Manager . Consultant .
Jamiel Laurence 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 Director, Venue Director, Filmmaker, and Choreographer.
After retiring from his 12 year career touring at all scales and internationally with Scottish Ballet, Jamiel became the Creative Director and inaugural choreographer for the newly formed Rubicon Dance Company, based in Cardiff and borne out of the wider Rubicon Dance organization as a way to get graduate, welsh-trained dancers into paying dance jobs.
Selecting the founding company members in September 2021, Jamiel created the company's first highly acclaimed full-length production, The Nutcracker premiering in December 2021. Since that time, Jamiel has created the Nutcracker Bach schools tour offer, delivered to over 780 primary and high school students across Wales, produced the company's upcoming digital immersive audience experience, 16:1 choreographed by Constant Vigier, and is in production on the inaugural TRIPLE BILL set to tour England and Wales.
As an award-winning Choreographer & Filmmaker, Jamiel has created works for several notable organizations including BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, BBC Connected Studio, Google, OneDanceUK, 3Tone Records, The Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, Edinburgh Fringe, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland and more.
Jamiel is also a teacher and coach, providing free company classes daily to freelances in Wales through Rubicon Dance Company, and teaching for 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 and film projects. Jamiel is passionate about developing both professional and student dancers towards achieving their potential and continues to evolve his own teaching practice to this end.
Since 2020, Jamiel has demonstrated the ability to facilitate new opportunities and generate dance employment opportunities, founding the ongoing #FundFreelanceDance initiative, and more recently creating the unique event concept, BALLET NIGHTS. Now 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.
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 in Summer 2021. During his time at the company, Jamiel performed works by some of the greatest living choreographers of this century, touring at small, medium, and large scales and carving out his own unique position within the organization.
In 2011, Jamiel became the Project Manager and Assistant to the Director 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.
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 organizations including BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, BBC Connected Studio, Google, 3Tone Records, Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, OneDanceUK, Rubicon Dance Company, 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, touring Scotland and forming a key part of the BA Modern Ballet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Jamiel has worked as a teacher, coach, and workshop provider extensively for organizations including Rubicon Dance, Scottish Ballet, New Adventures, 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 £13,000, provided services to over 1200 participants, and created 76 paid engagements since launching 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".
Jamiel won the Quarterly John Byrne Award for his film "REKT" in Q2 2021, and in October 2021 became the Creative Director and inaugural choreographer for the newly formed Rubicon Dance Company, based in Cardiff and borne out of the wider Rubicon Dance organization. After selecting the founding company members, Jamiel created the company's first full-length production, "The Nutcracker" and since then has continued to direct and produce stage works, tours, events and digital offerings at the company.