Early in Robert's career as a principal dancer, he
was forced to stop dancing due to a physical impairmnet. Dame Ninette de Valois, leader and founder of the Royal Ballet,
where he had spent his formative years, sent him to Tehran at the invitation of the Shah, to bring the National Ballet
of Iran up to international level.
A three year contract became an eleven year sojourn, as he discovered an ancient
culture striving for modernity. His life and outlook to dance was changed forever.