First Soloist with The Royal Ballet and Allianz Brand Ambassador
Melissa Hamilton (26), from Dromore, Co Down, once described as ‘Charlize Theron in pointe shoes’, has defied all the odds to become a first soloist with the world famous Royal Ballet company in Covent Garden. A relatively late starter, she was rejected by the Royal’s ballet school at 16 but got a scholarship to train at Elmhurst in Birmingham. Fortunately one of her teachers, the former Bolshoi dancer Masha Mukhamedova, quickly spotted her potential and privately trained and mentored her. A year later, in 2007, Hamilton successfully auditioned for and joined The Royal. After eight years in London she has taken a sabbatical to guest as a principal dancer with the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden.