Melissa Hamilton photographed performing at Monica Loughmans "Masterpieces of World Opera and Ballet" at The National Concert Hall, Dublin September 2012

Melissa Hamilton

Born in Belfast, Melissa trained there until 16. After training privately with Masha Mukhamedov, she won Grand Prix in Youth American Grand Prix in 2007 and in the same year joined the Royal Ballet Company as an Artist. In 2010 she was promoted to Soloist. Her repertoire includes Juliet (Romeo&Juliet) Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) Mary Vetsera (Mayerling) Olga (Onegin) Summer Fairy (Cinderella) 4th Movement Female (MacMillan's Requiem)  

She has danced the lead couple in Balanchine's Agon, Christopher Wheeldon's DGV and Tryst, Michael Corder's L'Invitation au Voyage and Alister Marriott's Sensorium. Created roles include Wayne McGregor's Infra, Limen, Carbon Life, Acis & Galatea and she has performed his Chroma. She also created the solo female role in Christopher Wheeldon and Alastair Marriott's collaboration for Metamorphosis : Titian 2012. She was awarded the Critics' Circle Outstanding Female Classical Performance in 2009 and won Gold Medal in 8th International Seoul Ballet Competition (2011)

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The Royal Ballet is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England. The largest of the four major ballet companies in Great Britain, the Royal Ballet was founded in 1931 by Dame Ninette de Valois, it became the resident ballet company of the Royal Opera House in 1946 and was granted a royal charter in 1956, becoming recognised as Britain's flagship national ballet company.

The Royal Ballet was one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century, and continues to be one of the world's most famous ballet companies to this day, generally noted for its artistic and creative values. The company employs approximately 100 dancers and has purpose built facilities within the Royal Opera House. The official associate school of the company is the Royal Ballet School, and it also has a sister company, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, which operates independently. The Prima ballerina assoluta of the Royal Ballet is the late Dame Margot Fonteyn.