24 Mar 2024, Sun, 9am
Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
Dance, learn and be inspired by world-renowned stars of The Royal Ballet in two exclusive masterclasses with Melissa Hamilton and Yasmine Naghdi.
With 30 years of combined professional performing experience dancing with The Royal Ballet and on stages worldwide, both ballerinas have developed a passion for teaching. They are dedicated to helping and motivating both students and young professionals to reach their full potential.
This masterclass with Melissa Hamilton is recommended for male and female dancers aged 10 and above, with at least five years of ballet training, or equivalent proficiency at RAD Grade Five level or higher. Pointe shoes are welcome, but not necessary.
After the masterclass, there will be a photo session with Melissa, where each participant will be able to take a photo with the artist with your mobile phone or camera.
This programme is part of da:ns focus – Ballet by the Bay, a ballet lovers’ weekend of classics and neo-classical works. Be inspired by world-class productions and be introduced to new perspectives on this celebrated art form.
Be sure to catch Melissa Hamilton's International Ballet Stars Gala featuring some of today’s brightest stars from The Royal Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Singapore Ballet.
This masterclass is recommended for male and female dancers aged 10 and above, with at least five years of ballet training, or equivalent proficiency at RAD Grade Five level or higher.
Latecomers will not be admitted once the masterclass has begun.
Melissa Hamilton is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She won the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix and that year joined the Royal Ballet as an Artist, promoted to First Artist in 2009, Soloist in 2010 and First Soloist in 2013.
Her roles with The Royal Ballet include Manon, Juliet, Mary Vetsera (Mayerling), Raven Girl, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Queen of the Dryads, Olga (Onegin), the Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine (Sleeping Beauty), Peasant Pas and Zulme (Giselle), Fairy Godmother and Summer Fairy (Cinderella), Pas de Trois and Big Swans (Swan Lake). She has also performed leading roles in Agon, Apollo, Serenade, Four Temperaments Rubies, Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Requiem, The Judas Tree, Elite Syncopations, among many others.
Created roles include Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Acis and Galatea, Limen, Carbon Life, Woolf Works, Yugen, The Dante Project and Untitled, 2023, David Dawson’s The Human Seasons, Christopher Wheeldon’s Trespass and Kyle Abraham’s Optional Family: A Divertissement.
As a guest principal with Semperoper Ballett, she made her role debuts of Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty) and Nikiya (La Bayadère) and has appeared as a guest with Teatro alla Scala, New National Theatre Tokyo, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Polish National Ballet.
Other repertoire includes Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes, Matz Ek’s She was Black, Maurice Béjart’s La Luna and Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes.
Awards include YAGP Grand Prix, Gold Medal at Seoul International Ballet competition and the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Female Performance 2009.
24 Mar 2024, Sun
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