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Melissa Hamilton

First Soloist of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden

Born in Northern Ireland, and began her training there. After meeting and working with Masha Mukhamedov (at Elmhurst School for Dance, England) she then chose to continue her training privately with her. After winning the Youth American Grand Prix, New York 2007 she joined the Royal Ballet Company, where was promoted to the rank of First Soloist in 2013. Received the Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Female Performance (2009). Along with performing a wide classical repertoire, she works a lot with contemporary choreographers. Among them are Wayne McGregor (Infra, Limen, Carbon Life, Chroma, Raven Girl); Christopher Wheeldon (Tryst, DGV, Fool's Paradise), David Dawson (Human Seasons).