– guest teacher of Danceworks Ballet Academy in London
Melissa Hamilton is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2007 as an Artist.
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 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. Her roles with The Royal Ballet 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 Afternoon of a Faun, Symphonic Variations, ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), Fool’s Paradise, Requiem, Tryst, Las hermanas, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Gloria, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Serenade, The Concert and Song of the Earth.
She created a role in Wayne McGregor’s Infra in 2008 and has since created several roles for McGregor, including in Woolf Works, Limen, Carbon Life and Acis and Galatea.
In 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons Hamilton took a leave of absence from the Royal Ballet to guest as a Principal with Semperoper Ballet. Her role debuts in this time include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) , Nikiya (La Bayadere) , Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) Cinderella (Stijn Celis) and she created the role of Juanita in Aaron Watkin’s premiere of Don Quixote 2016.
Hamilton’s awards include Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) at the 2009 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards and gold medal in the Eighth International Seoul Ballet Competition in 2011. In 2013 she became an Allianz Arts and Cultural Brand Ambassador for Northern Ireland.