- Claude Conyers
(b Mountain Iron, MN, June 4, 1922). American choreographer and musical theater director. Trained by local teachers in Minnesota, he spent a summer as a youngster with Ted Shawn’s historic all-male ensemble at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts. While serving in the Air Corps during World War II, he also danced and directed for a USO troupe, his first experience at choreographing and directing. After the war, he continued his dance training with teachers in New York and pursued his interest in dance creation. His first major job as a choreographer was for Stop the Music, an ABC-TV series, in 1949, after which he quickly became one of television’s most acclaimed choreographers. As choreographer of popular songs on the weekly show Your Hit Parade, Charmoli won his first Emmy award in 1955. Subsequently he arranged dance numbers for some of the biggest stars on television and the nightclub circuit: Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye, Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine, Juliet Prowse, Mitzi Gaynor, and others. He also worked on Broadway shows and Hollywood films, but it was his choreography for television that brought him fame. His understanding of choreographing for the camera led to work that set the standard for all future televised dance sequences....