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Born in Tehran in 1930 into a mixed family of a Tartar mother and an Azerbayjani father, Haideh Ahmadzadeh started dancing at the age of seven in a country that was struggling to keep up with modern times. Dancing for girls was not an accepted or desirable occupation. Her love of dance made her overcome many obstacles and with the approval and backing of her mother and later her husband Nejad, she got to the top of her profession. With a great deal of hard work, discipline and drive, Haideh and Nejad founded a Ballet Academy, Iranian National Ballet Company and Iranian Folk Dance, Music and Song Group. They performed regularly for State guests at home and abroad, their travels wrought with a great deal of incident and adventure. When the Islamic Revolution put a stop to all artistic activities in Iran, Haideh and Nejad had to leave a lifetime's work behind and seek new adventures in the West.
Letter from Queen Farah Pahlavi - translation
29 Ordibehesht 1387 (Persian calendar) - May 2008
Mrs Haideh Ahmadzadeh
I have received a copy of your autobiography which you kindly sent to me and which portrays the authentic history of ballet in Iran. I congratulate you on publishing this valuable document. This book will educate the young generation about the artistic activities in Iran and I hope that it will be received well.
I wish you health and peace.