- Claude Conyers
(b Waterbury, CT, March 24, 1897; d New York, Jan 9, 1986). American ballet dancer and company director. The daughter of a prominent family whose wealth originated in the Waterbury Clock Company, she enjoyed a privileged youth. After graduation from college, she decided upon a theatrical career and undertook ballet training in New York with Mikhail Mordkin. Despite marriage to a prosperous businessman, motherhood, and her advanced age, she eventually developed sufficient classical technique to undertake leading roles with Mordkin’s company. When that company folded in ...