Master Guest Instructor Bios

John Lam  Principal Dancer, Boston Ballet


John Lam was born in Marin County, California. Born from immigrant parents from Vietnam, Lam found his passion for life in dance at age 4. Training at Marin Ballet, Lam formed vital relationships that would mold his career and was coached by renowned Svetlana Afanasieva, Cynthia Lucas, and Mikko Nissinen. In 2000, Lam began his tenure with Canada’s National Ballet School under the directorship of Mavis Staines. Coached by famous Sergiu Stefanschi, Lam developed a foundation that would launch his career in 2003 with the invitation from Mikko Nissinen to join Boston Ballet.

Repertoire: Marius Petipa, Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desire); George Balanchine, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Coppelia (Franz), Rubies (Principal Man), Symphony In Three Movements (Jumping Pay, Main Pas), Episodes (Second Movement Pas De Deux), The Four Temperaments (Melancolic), La Valse (Second Movement Pas De Deux), Divertimento No. 15 (Principal Man); Vaslav Nijinsky, Afternoon of a Faun (The Faun); Jorma Elo, Plan to B, Close to Chuck, In On Blue, Carmen, Bach Cello Suites, Break the Eyes; William Forsythe, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, The Second Detail, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Vile Parody of Address; Jiri Kylian, Saraband, Petite Mort, Sechs Tanze, Wings of Wax, Bella Figura, Tar and Feathers; Christopher Wheeldon, Polyphonia, (Waltz Pas, Joke Pas); John Cranko, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet; John Neumeier, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler.

Awards: Peter Dwyer (2002); Perino Ambrosoli Award (2002); Lawrence Haskett Award (2003); Princess Grace Award (2005); Proclamation Award, “Key to San Rafael” (2010)

Yuhui Choe  First Soloist, The Royal Ballet

Courtesy of The Royal Ballet. Photo credit: Bill Cooper

Courtesy of The Royal Ballet. Photo credit: Bill Cooper

Korean dancer Yuhui Choe is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She was a Prix de Lausanne Apprentice with The Royal Ballet in 2002 and joined the Company as an Artist in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2006 and First Soloist in 2008. Her repertory with the Company includes Cinderella, Alice, Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Nikiya and Gamzatti (La Bayadère), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Young Girl (The Two Pigeons), Lescaut’s Mistress (Manon), Pupil (The Lesson), Polyhymnia (Apollo) and roles in Scènes de ballet, Rhapsody, Requiem, Symphonic Variations, Concerto, ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), Chroma, Symphony in C, Song of the Earth, Woolf Works, Within the Golden Hour and Carbon Life.

Choe was born in Fukuoka and began dancing aged five. Aged 14 she moved to Paris to train with Daini Kudo and after winning silver in the 2000 Paris International Dance Competition began training with Dominique Khalfouni. In 2002 she won first prize and the contemporary dance prize at the Prix de Lausanne and went on to join The Royal Ballet as an apprentice. Her first major solo role with the Company was Princess Florine (Natalia Makarova’s The Sleeping Beauty) in 2004, and her first role as First Soloist was Nikiya. She has gone on to dance many of the Principal roles.

Choe often works with Jonathan Watkins and created roles in his As One and ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in collaboration with Will Tuckett and Liam Scarlett). She has also created roles in Infra, Limen, ‘Fire’ (Homage to The Queen) and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse on the main stage and in The Human Edge in the Linbury Studio Theatre, among others. Her awards include Best Female Artist (Classical) at the 2008 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award, and in 2016 she was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (Arts and Culture).

Nehemiah Kish  Principal Dancer, The Royal Ballet

Courtesy of The Royal Ballet. Nehemiah Kish in Manon

Courtesy of The Royal Ballet. Nehemiah Kish in Manon

American dancer Nehemiah Kish is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company as a Principal in 2010.

Kish was born in Detroit. He trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined National Ballet of Canada in 2001, promoted to principal in 2005. In 2008 Kish joined Royal Danish Ballet as a principal, where his repertory included Onegin, Basilio (Don Quixote), Albrecht (Giselle) and James (Bournonville’s La Sylphide).

Kish’s many roles with The Royal Ballet include Albrecht, Romeo, Vershinin (Winter Dreams), Prince (Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and The Prince of the Pagodas), Des Grieux (Manon), Richard P. Arnold (Enigma Variations), Jack/Knave (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Onegin, Solor (La Bayadère), Espada (Don Quixote), Creature (Frankenstein) and roles in Monotones II, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café, Theme and Variations, Voluntaries, Les Patineurs, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Gloria and Song of the Earth. His role creations include in ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012) and Aeternum.