Born in London, Jamiel was trained from birth by his mother Janet Viola in many forms of dance and music including tap, ballet and jazz and contemporary, and went on to full time training in 2001 at The Arts Educational School Tring Park, as well as receiving two years of musical training in 2006/07 at the Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, with the Junior Conservatoire as a woodwind specialist.
Jamiel went on to focus on Classical Ballet in the Christmas of 2007 at The Central School of Ballet in London where he received a strong training from a varied range of outstanding teachers, of both Classical and Contemporary dance forms. He toured with the schools graduate company Ballet Central in 2007/08 as a Foundation student, and in 2008/09 as a Degree Student where he was given great opportunities to dance roles in new works as well as in established repertoire from great choreographers including; Christopher Gable’s Five Lullabies, Richard Alston’s Brisk Singing, Matthew Hart’s Whodunit?, Matthew Bourne’s Cygnets and David Bintley Flowers of the Forest.
Jamiel joined Scottish Ballet for the Company’s Winter Season after graduating from Central with a BA hons Degree in July 2009, and joined the Company permenantly in August 2010. He has danced in Page's The Nutcracker (Soldiers, Chinese Divert), Pennies from Heaven, The Sleeping Beauty (Elfin Prince, Romanian Prince), Cinderella and Alice (Humpty Dumpty), Val Caniparoli's Still Life, Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire, Martin Lawrance's Run For It, Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling, Twyla Tharp's The One Hundreds, Kenneth Macmillan's Sea Of Troubles and Elite Syncopations also by MacMillan, Christopher Hampson's The Rite Of Spring and most recently the role of Hansel in Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel.
Why did you become a dancer?
I grew up around dance, music and theatre; with my mother putting on shows and teaching ballet, tap and modern to children and adults of all ages and ability since before I was born. Although I also played rugby, football and cricket and was encouraged to follow a career in anything I liked, I decided from a young age to dance, play music and become a performer like my mother before me. I have always been happiest when on stage and entertaining others!
Hansel & Gretel
- STV, 14 January 2014
Jamiel Laurence as Hansel and Constance Devernay as Gretel dance beautifully, yet with a fervour so childlike that they could pass for ten-year-olds as they are drawn towards the wicked witch’s sweet-laden torture chamber.