Dancer Sasha Pressman dies at 94

Studied with Martha Graham, appeared on Broadway

Sasha Pressman, a modern dancer who appeared on Broadway as well as a choreographer, died in New York on Aug. 6. She was 94.

Pressman’s husband, the TV and stage director David Pressman, died 11 months ago at the age of 97 after a marriage of more than 70 years.

Born in Russia, Sasha Pressman studied dance with Martha Graham in the mid-1930s. She joined the Anna Sokolow dance company in 1937 and toured the U.S. She danced in the original Broadway production of Kurt Weill musical “Street Scene” in 1946 and in Helen Tamiris’ “How Long Brethren.”

Later she was a choreographer and a teacher. She started the dance program at Boston U. in 1954 with her husband, David, who began the acting program.

In 1966, she appeared in Eugene O’Neill’s “Marco’s Millions,” directed by Jose Quintero and starring Hal Holbrook, at Lincoln Center.

Survivors include sons Michael, a television producer and director and current co-exec producer of “Blue Bloods,” Gregory, of council and former partner with Schulte, Roth, and Zabel, and Eugene, a freelance writer; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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