- Claude Conyers
(b Edgewood, PA, July 29, 1930). American modern dancer, choreographer, and company director. He had his first dance training, did his first dance performance, and choreographed his first dance, Hobo Ballet, at Syracuse University, where he was an art student with a partial scholarship as a swimmer. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City in 1952 and continued his training in modern dance and ballet with prominent teachers. By 1954 he had assembled a small company of dancers and was making his own works, beginning with Jack and the Beanstalk (1954; music by Hy Gubernick). Tall, handsome, athletic, and a dynamic performer, he joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1955 for the first of seven seasons as soloist while continuing to choreograph and dance with his own troupe. After creating the slyly funny Three Epitaphs (1956; music by the Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Band) and experimental works such as the infamous ...