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John Lam to retire from role as Boston Ballet Principal Dancer

Vietnamese American John Lam is retiring from the Boston Ballet after over two decades with the company, WCVB reports. Lam was named principal dancer at the Boston Ballet in 2014.

Lam will retire at the end of the season in May. According to CBS News, he will start a new job as an associate professor with Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Dance Division in the fall.

Lam grew up in California and began studying ballet when he was four years old. In 2000, when he was 15, Lam joined Canada’s National Ballet School. He moved to Boston in 2002 and joined the Boston Ballet in 2003.

While in Boston, Lam met his husband, CBS News reports. The couple share two sons who love to play soccer but also enjoy watching their father dance.

“I think when they see me dance, and they see how disciplined and how committed I am in my craft. I told them you can be committed to anything as long as you love it,” Lam told CBS News.

Lam has also been balancing graduate school with being a full-time dancer and father. He recently earned his master’s in non-profit management from Northeastern University, NGN Magazine reports.

The veteran dancer’s final performance will come on May 19 in “Spring Experiences.”

“I feel great,” he said in an interview with NGN Magazine a few days before “Spring Experience’s” opening night. “It’s given me time to put this all together. I’m still going to be dancing. It’s great to reflect on the 20 years that I’ve had here, but I’m really excited for the future.”

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