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Melissa Hamilton

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Melissa Hamilton in action.
Melissa Hamilton in Raven Girl © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Melissa Hamilton is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2007 as an Artist and was promoted to First Artist in 2009, Soloist in 2010 and First Soloist in 2013. She created a role in Wayne McGregor's Infra in 2008 and has since created several roles for McGregor, including in Limen, Carbon Life and Acis and Galatea. Other roles include Manon, Juliet, Mary Vetsera (Mayerling), Raven Girl, the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Queen of the Dryads (Don Quixote), Olga (Onegin), the Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine (The Sleeping Beauty), Terpsichore (Apollo) and roles in Symphonic Variations, 'Rubies' (Jewels), Fool’s Paradise, Requiem, Tryst, Las hermanas, Agon, Gloria, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Serenade and The Concert.

Hamilton was born in Belfast and grew up in Dromore, County Down. She began dancing aged four and trained at the Jennifer Bullick School of Ballet. Aged 16 she trained at the Elmhurst School of Dance, Birmingham, for two years and then privately with Masha Mukhamedov in Athens. She won the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix and that year entered The Royal Ballet.

Hamilton was awarded the Critics’ Circle Outstanding Female Classical Performance in 2009 and won Gold Medal in the Eighth International Seoul Ballet Competition in 2011. In 2013 she was part of a group from The Royal Ballet that took part in special gala performances in Derry as part of its celebrations as UK City of Culture, and that year as made an Allianz Arts and Cultural Brand Ambassador for Northern Ireland

Videos

News and features

Royal Opera House stars gather to launch Live Cinema Season 2014/15

Royal Opera House stars gather to launch Live Cinema Season 2014/15

16 October 2014

Dancer Melissa Hamilton, soprano Elizabeth Watts, Kevin O’Hare and others celebrate the start of the new Season.

Watch: Behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet in Taiwan

Watch: Behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet in Taiwan

8 October 2014

First Soloist Melissa Hamilton introduces newly-released backstage films from the Company’s tour earlier this year.

Watch: Melissa Hamilton and Francesca Hayward on performing Manon for the first time

Watch: Melissa Hamilton and Francesca Hayward on performing Manon for the first time

3 October 2014

The Royal Ballet's latest Manons on their first appearance in one of ballet's most dramatic roles.

Getting Inside Manon's Head: Great dancers on one of ballet's most enigmatic roles

Getting Inside Manon's Head: Great dancers on one of ballet's most enigmatic roles

25 September 2014

Antoinette Sibley, Alessandra Ferri, Viviana Durante, Darcey Bussell and Melissa Hamilton speak to us in the ballet’s 40th anniversary year.

Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

5 September 2014

Filming Royal Ballet dancers at 1,500 frames-per-second offers a unique glimpse of the tiny nuances of technique.

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Cast confirmation: Sampling The Myth at Deloitte Ignite 2014

26 August 2014

A number of Royal Ballet dancers are performing extracts from iconic dance works.

Photos

Leticia Stock, Reece Clarke, Melissa Hamilton and Mayara Magri in Symphonic Variations © ROH/Tristram Kenton 2014

Kevin O'Hare and Melissa Hamilton at the 2014/15 cinema launch © ROH, 2014

Melissa Hamilton as Manon and Matthew Golding as Des Grieux in Manon ©ROH 2014.Alice Pennefather

Melissa Hamilton as Manon in Manon ©ROH 2014.Alice Pennefather

Melissa Hamilton as Manon and Matthew Golding as Des Grieux in Manon ©ROH 2014.Alice Pennefather

Melissa Hamilton as Manon and Gary Avis as Monsieur GM in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton in Serenade, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Leticia Stock, Vadim Muntagirov, Melissa Hamilton and Emma Maguire in rehearsal for Symphonic Variations, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Leticia Stock, Melissa Hamilton and Emma Maguire in rehearsal for Symphonic Variations, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Ryoichi Hirano and Melissa Hamilton in rehearsals for Raven Girl © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Melissa Hamilton and Ryoichi Hirano in rehearsals for Raven Girl © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Royal Ballet Soloist Melissa Hamilton © Andrej Uspenski 2013

Royal Ballet Soloist Melissa Hamilton © Andrej Uspenski 2013

Melissa Hamilton in Raven Girl © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

1 December: Rupert Pennefather and Melissa Hamilton in Mayerling in May 2013

Melissa Hamilton in Sensorium © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2011

Dawid Trzensimiech, Marcelino Sambé, Melissa Hamilton, Tristan Dyer and Valentino Zucchetti and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rubies (Jewels), The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Melissa Hamilton in rehearsals for Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Melissa Hamilton as Queen of the Dryads and artists of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Eric Underwood and Melissa Hamilton in Infra © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Yinka Shonibare and Melissa Hamilton at the unveiling of Globe Head Ballerina, Yinka's London 2012 Festival commission for the Royal Opera House © Sim Canetty-Clarke/ROH 2012

Melissa Hamilton rehearsing Las Hermanas © ROH 2012

Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Soares rehearsing Las Hermanas © ROH 2012

Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Soares in Las Hermanas. © Bill Cooper / ROH 2012

Melissa Hamilton and artists of The Royal Ballet in 'Trespass' (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012) © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

Melissa Hamilton in Metamorphosis: Titian 2012. © ROH/Johan Persson 2012

Melissa Hamilton and artists of The Royal Ballet in 'Trespass' (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012) © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

Melissa Hamilton as Juliet and Edward Watson as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet © ROH/Bill Cooper 2012

Edward Watson and Melissa Hamilton in Fool's Paradise. © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012

Edward Watson and Melissa Hamilton in Fool's Paradise. © Andrej Uspenski / ROH 2012

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling © Bill Cooper/ROH 2009

Melissa Hamilton as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. © ROH / Johan Persson 2011

Melissa Hamilton as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Sergei Polunin as The Prince in The Nutcracker. © ROH / Johan Persson 2011

Melissa Hamilton and Gary Avis

Brian Maloney and Melissa Hamilton in Chroma