- Claude Conyers
(b Florence, Italy, Oct 25, 1909; d Woodstock, NY, Sept 20, 1996). American tap dancer and teacher of Italian birth. Born abroad but reared in America, he grew up in a home filled with classical music. While working as an instructor in ballroom dancing at an Arthur Murray studio, he learned a bit about tap dancing, and he decided to make dance his career. Most tap dancers at the time favored a heavy, percussive sound; Draper developed his own style, employing the lightest of taps. To broaden his range of movement, he began to study ballet in the early 1930s while continuing to perform in New York supper clubs. In ...