Born in London, Jamiel was trained at The Arts Educational School Tring Park, and received his further classical training at Central School of Ballet. Jamiel also studied music at the Trinity College of Music in Greenwich. Having joined Scottish Ballet as a dancer in 2009, Jamiel was promoted to Soloist in 2016.

Jamiel was selected for the 'SB Creates' Scottish Ballet Choreographic Mentorship Programme in 2017, and has been developing his own work as a choreographer and filmmaker. His creative work has been shown in a variety of settings including the inaugural Dance International Glasgow, Celtic Connections, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dance on Camera New York, San Francisco International Dance Film Festival, LOIKKA Helsinki and Dumfries House for HRH Prince Charles.

In 2019, Jamiel produced short film FLIGHT, commissioned by BBC Scotland as part of #DancePassion and featuring dancers from Scottish Ballet and community dance organisations from across Scotland. He has also worked as Assistant Choreographer on Scottish Ballet’s 2019 tour of Wee Hansel & Gretel, specially adapted to introduce young children and their families to the magic of ballet.

"Jamiel Laurence, in particular, raised many smiles with his charming portrayal of a nervous young man who just wanted to dance with the ladies – his ability to inject comedy while maintaining an immaculate performance was magnificent to see."

Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations, Scottish Field, April 2019
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