Princess Grace Award:
Choreography Fellowship, 2018
Shamel was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began his dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and, simultaneously, at The Ailey School. Shamel received his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and was awarded the Martha Hill Award. Shamel danced with Batsheva Dance Company for 7 years, under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin.
Shamel has created a solo poetic dance performance, BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED, as well as a multidisciplinary performance duet, BLACK VELVET: Architectures And Archetypes, which received the Audience Choice Award At Stockholm Fringe Festival, 2017.
Shamel is now creating his final work in the triptych entitled BLACK HOLE: Trilogy And Triathlon and is looking forward to the newly commissioned work, Menagerie, with Gibney Dance Company.