Russian ballet dancer and an ballet teacher. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1968). He studied at a private school of Nicholas Legat, where his partner was Vera Volkova, then in Petrograd Theater School (teacher Vladimir Ponomarev). From 1925, working in the Kirov Theatre. As a young dancer, he began his teaching career and became an outstanding teacher of male classical dance of the Leningrad Choreographic School (1932-1970). As a teacher and mentor he trained a galaxy of world stars of ballet dancers, such as Askold Makarov, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yuri Soloviev, Sergei Vikulov, Oleg Vinogradov. He was working and based on the experience of musical theater experience, which, starting from the XVII century, in a system of the highest academic degree for the Russian ballet. He worked it a system associated with the concept of "Russian" and "classical" ballet. He had a unique gift of writing educational combinations - logical, consistent, and dance at the same time extremely useful for the development of coordination, "educate" the body of a dancer. This system, designed to make the body disciplined, active and lovely, makes it a sensitive tool, obedient to the will of the performer and choreographer. With more and of teaching, he had the ability to share their experience and to allow ignite the spark of talent in the flame of genius dancer, like Pushkin, he had a talented students in the future ballet dancers. In 1951 Pushkin took a class to improve dancers from the Kirov Ballet Vladimir I. Ponomarev. "Star Class" - the so-called lessons of Pushkin - a desired destination not only Ballet premiere in Leningrad, but the entire world. The hall where were learned skill, always crowded. was able to make out in Nureyev bright, original talent. Nureyev later remembered with gratitude his teacher: Alexander was his only truly intimate in the school, which he loved and respected as anyone else. When Nureyev had to finish the ninth grade and leave the school, A. Pushkin, despite the desire of Rudolf start an independent career, persuaded him to stay another year in college. He was the author of the biographical book about Nureyev Otis Stewart believes that "their joint work on the classical repertoire not only strengthened the artist's technique, but also became the basis of his amazing ballet scholarship ...", after the dancer decided to emigrate from the Soviet Union and become a "defector", he had to repeatedly give the explanatory statement about his former student in the Soviet KGB.