Melissa Hamilton, a first soloist at The Royal Ballet, will join Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany, for the 2015/16 season. Semperoper Ballett has been directed by Aaron S. Watkin since 2006, and the company has undergone major changes to its repertoire. Watkin remodeled the company to perform more contemporary works, and Hamilton—who boasts effortless technique and textbook facility—has become The Royal's go-to girl for contemporary and neoclassical choreography.
She'll join the company as a principal, which will likely give her the chance to experiment in lead roles she might not get at The Royal, as well as a chance to work with edgier and more experimental choreographers. Watkin also mentioned that he is looking forward to having Hamilton debut in new classical roles, as well.