"I have known Jamiel Laurence for a few years now as he came to my attention while I was Artist Director of Rambert (2002-2018). Jamiel has so many natural talents together with a lovely easy way with people. Everyone in the cast is treated with the same respect and attitude as he desires to see each artist to excel. Jamiel is also natural coach he instinctively choreographs to each dancers best abilities. He does so with a mixture of seriousness and good humour which is so important in future leaders of our dance sector."
Mark Baldwin OBE
"Laurence is a dancer (former soloist with Scottish Ballet), choreographer and filmmaker and although he could be nominated in either of the latter categories, he is listed in my “Rising Stars” for his entrepreneurial credentials, having launched BALLET NIGHTS in October. Not only did Laurence and his team put together an excellent mix of classical music and dance (both classical and contemporary) in a remarkably modern format but he also introduced a new London venue with the massive stage of the Lantern Studio Theatre in London Docklands. Let’s hope it is the first of many such events."
Graham Watts, BalletMagazine.ro
"Jamiel's work uniquely and brilliantly blends filmmaking and dance. It's what we point to when we say, 'this is what mobile filmmaking can achieve.'"
Shawn Connelly, Chief Branding Officer, Moondog Labs
"Jamiel is a bold leader who keeps people and their well-being at the centre - this is what drives him with business innovation, creativity, and artistic expression. The result is he has touched lives and will continue to do so."
Ian Houston GlobalScot
President Scottish Business Network Americas
“Through BALLET NIGHTS, Jamiel provided me with a unique opportunity to perform the work of one of the greatest living classical choreographers of our time, David Dawson, on a London stage at a time when many theatres were still closed. As a leader, his natural abilities in creative planning, strategy and manifesting opportunities for dance artists paints a bright picture for the future of U.K. dance.”
Barnaby Rook Bishop, Principal Dancer
“Outside of commissioning me as a choreographer in 2021, Jamiel continues to help me make practical creative connections between my goals as an artist and how that fits within the wider U.K. dance ecology.”
Daniel Davidson, Choreographer & Dance Artist
“As a Choreographer, I have collaborated with Jamiel on independent projects, music videos, for the BBC, and now in his new position as a Creative Director of a National Portfolio organisation. He continues to identify and facilitate opportunities across the U.K. dance sector for artists like me - making sense of the ever changing needs of the U.K. Arts & Cultural sector”
Constant Vigier, Choreographer & Filmmaker
“Jamiel has a vast amount of experience across many platforms within the arts and with this rarity he has built and nurtured an excellent network of U.K dance professionals.
When I transitioned from being a principal dancer to a position within dance education, I would often seek Jamiel’s council and guidance which proved to be invaluable.”
Andrew Peasgood, Principal Dancer
"Jamiel has provided me with quality employment and performance opportunities in dance across the U.K., including during the toughest periods of lockdown at a time when professional dance engagements were few and far between."
Sean Moss, Dance Artist
“Through his #FundFreelanceDance initiative, Jamiel created paid opportunities for dancers like myself that were engaging, connected me with other artists and different to anything I’d experience before, despite being in a National lockdown.”
Hanna Hughes, Dance Artist