Won a scholarship to London's Royal Ballet School
Began working in Covent Garden Opera Ballet with contemporary Lynn Seymour after graduating from the Royal Ballet School
Danced in the Royal Ballet touring company
Won his first big stage role in "The Invitation" cast opposite Seymour at her recommendation
Again danced with Seymour in the premiere of "The Two Pigeons"
With the touring company, danced leading roles in "The Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "La Fille Mal Gardee" and "Sylvia"
Transferred to the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, taking lead roles in "Coppelia", "Giselle", "Daphnis and Chloe" and "Cinderella"
For the premiere performance of "Romeo and Juliet", he and Seymour were replaced by the more well-known Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn
Had a successful run as the Joker in John Cranko's "Card Game"
Left the Royal Ballet, citing problems with arthritic feet
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and acted in acclaimed productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Hamlet"
Acted in varied roles in productions in Manchester, Bristol and Oxford theaters
Appeared in Ken Russell's adaptation of "Women in Love"
Had starring roles in "The Music Lovers" and "The Boy Friend", both films produced and directed by Russell
Featured in "The Slipper and the Rose", a musical retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale, starring Richard Chamberlain
Played Pierre in the NBC TV-movie adaptation of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Opened the Central School of Ballet with Ann Stannard in Clerkenwell, England
Acted in the popular syndicated miniseries "A Woman of Substance"
Played the painter L S Lowry in Gillian Lynne's Northern Ballet Theatre production "A Simple Man" on stage and on British television
Took over as director of Northern Ballet Theatre; transformed its repertoire, creating full-evening productions such as "Don Quixote" and "Dracula"
Appeared in the Ken Russell thriller "The Lair of the White Worm"
Worked again with Russell, acting in "The Rainbow"
Was artistic director for the Northern Ballet Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol"; production aired on A&E in the USA
Appointed Commander of the British Empire
Dropped out of NBT due to illness, passing duties on to associate director Michael Pink