Founder

Jamiel Laurence

Founder

Jamiel is an award winning Choreographer and Mobile Filmmaker based in Glasgow Scotland.

Jamiel was born in London, England and trained at The Arts Educational School Tring Park, as well as receiving two years of musical 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 and Jamiel joined Scottish Ballet in 2009, becoming a Soloist in 2016.

Jamiel has now created work for organisations including the BBC, Google, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland, Celtic Connections and more, with his work being shown in a variety of settings including BBC iPlayer, New York Mobile Film Festival, the inaugural Dance International Glasgow, Dance Camera West, Celtic Connections 2019, 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” and in July 2019 began receiving direct support from Tech companies, supporting Jamiel to continue to capture his work using the latest in Mobile Camera technology.

During the current U.K. wide quarantine & lockdown, Jamiel produced his own series of Mobile Isolation Creations and after receiving several further commissions, decided to create the crowdfunded #FundFreelanceDance project: getting freelance Dancers and their related Artists and Services back into paid jobs, doing what they do best.

How We Started...

#FundFreelanceDance began with a simple video shot during the first U.K. wide lockdown in Jamiel's own living room.

 

Making use of whatever make-shift props were to hand, the message was sent out via social media that it was time to help those freelance artists who had nowhere left to turn and were considering leaving the industry entirely.

#FundFreelanceDance continues to grow in ambition and in support for making a tangible difference to the lives of other artists, and it is important to remember that this initiative can ONLY exist during these adverse, once-in-a-lifetime set of challenges facing us all.