John Lam, Ballet Dancer
John Lam, a soloist dancer from the Boston Ballet, will be honored in a program, “On Stage for Life” on Friday, April 12, presented by Performing Stars of Marin and the City of San Rafael at the Al Boro Community Center on 50 Canal Street in San Rafael.
A reception will be held from 11 a.m. to noon for Lam, whose career started at the age of 4 training with the Performing Stars of Marin.
Following the reception, a community celebration will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Cheryl Jennings, anchor of ABC Channel 7 News.
Lam grew up in a Vietnamese-Chinese Family in the Canal District of San Rafael. After working with Performing Stars of Marin, he continued his studies with the Marin Ballet School on full scholarship.
He attended San Pedro Elementary School and continued his high school education at Canada’s National Ballet School, also on scholarship.
He joined Boston Ballet II in 2003 and was promoted to the company in 2004. He competed in the Seoul International Ballet Competition and the Helsinki International Ballet Competition in 2005 and received the 2005 Princess Grace Fellowship.
Lam was promoted to second soloist in 2006 and to soloist in 2008.
His repertory with Boston Ballet includes George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments” (Melancholic), as Oberon in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” “Divertimento No. 15,” and “Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements.” Lam also danced in Maina Gielgud’s “Giselle”, August Bournonville’s “La Sylphide,” Rudolf Nureyev’s “Don Quixote,” Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”
He has been seen in world premieres of Jorma Elo’s “Carmen,” “Brake the Eyes,” “In on Blue,” Helen Pickett’s “Etesian and Eventide,” and Mark Morris’ “Up and Down.”
“My journey to becoming a professional ballet dancer all started with a seed planted by my inspiration from the Performing Stars of Marin,” he said. “I believe there would have been little chance that I would become such a fulfilled human being and dancer without having been introduced to this awesome organization and its dance program.
“Performing Stars not only allows kids from all different social and economic backgrounds to be fully engaged in the performing arts, but their programs also touch many communities allowing them to strive and have their children ‘reach for the stars’ and excel to their full potential as human beings,” he said. “Performing Stars opened the door to my ever growing love for dance, and I shall be forever grateful for the opportunity to be a participant in and product of this fantastic organization.”
Lam will be performing at the Marin Ballet’s 50th year anniversary on April 13.