Marin County, CA
Joined Boston Ballet in 2004
John Lam began dancing at Performing Stars of Marin, an inner city dance program, at age four, and continued his training with the Marin Ballet School on full scholarship. Lam attended Canada's National Ballet School, also on scholarship.
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. 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 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 Gardee (flute boy), Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Jiri Kylian’s Sarabande, William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Noces, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III, James Kudelka’s Cinderella, John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, and Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena. Lam hasalso been seen 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.