Marin County, CA
Joined Boston Ballet in 2004
John Lam began dancing at age four at Marin Ballet through the support of the inner city dance program Performing Stars of Marin. Lam attended Canada's National Ballet School for the last three years of his professional training, also on scholarship with support of the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation. Lam competed in the 2005 Seoul International Ballet Competition and the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition. He is a recipient of the 2005 Princess Grace Fellowship.
Lam joined Boston Ballet II in 2003 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2004, to second soloist in 2006, and to soloist in 2008. He was named principal dancer in 2014. Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe noted Lam as "one of the company's most versatile and expressive soloists." His repertory with Boston Ballet includes George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments (Melancholic), A Midsummer's Night Dream (Oberon), Divertimento No. 15, Serenade; Maina Gielgud's Giselle (peasant pas de deux); August Bournonville's La Sylphide (Gurn); Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote (Lead Gypsy); Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker (Snow King, Harlequin, Pastorale) and Swan Lake (pas de trois, pas de cinq, and Neapolitan); Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée (Flute Boy); Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia; Jiří Kylián's Sarabande; William Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, The Second Detail, and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces; Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desire) and Raymonda Act III; James Kudelka's Cinderella; John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew; and Val Caniparoli's Lambarena. Lam has also performed in world premieres of Jorma Elo's Carmen, Brake the Eyes and In on Blue; Helen Pickett's Etesian and Eventide; Sabrina Matthews' ein von viel; and Mark Morris' Up and Down.