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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 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 '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

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.

Alexander Whitley on being inspired by The Sleeping Beauty in one work, and using Xboxes in another

Alexander Whitley on being inspired by The Sleeping Beauty in one work, and using Xboxes in another

14 May 2014

The choreographer's new programme stars Eric Underwood, Melissa Hamilton and Marcelino Sambé of The Royal Ballet.

Watch: Discover four centuries of dance history

Watch: Discover four centuries of dance history

19 July 2013

As the 2012/13 Royal Ballet Season draws to a close, explore the history of ballet with Ballet Evolved.

Listen: In Conversation with Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood

Listen: In Conversation with Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood

22 November 2012

The Royal Ballet Soloists speak about their careers to date as well as what they're looking forward to this Season.

Royal Ballet to perform in Northern Ireland

Royal Ballet to perform in Northern Ireland

25 October 2012

Company to perform in Londonderry as part of City of Culture 2013 celebrations.

Photos

Melissa Hamilton

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

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

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

Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood in Tryst, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

Melissa Hamilton in Tryst, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

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

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

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

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

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

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

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