I was fascinated to see that Valery Lantratov, the director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation, was teaching a class to Columbia County Ballet students ("Where You Live," Feb. 7).
However, I was disappointed there was no story to accompany the photo. How did such an accomplished Russian dancer end up in Augusta? Was he touring? A story behind the picture would have been perfect in the Metro or Applause sections.
Aside from the occasional story in the Applause section, I have noticed a general lack of highlighting the arts in the area. We are so fortunate to have so many groups -- the Augusta Players, the Augusta Symphony, the Fort Gordon Dinner Theater, the Children's Chorale, musical theater groups for all ages and many dance studios with everything from ballet to ballroom. Just as the hard-working scholar-athletes are recognized, we have many scholar-artists who are just as dedicated, talented and hard-working.
It would be wonderful if The Chronicle would bring more focus to this area, and highlight individuals or even give reviews of performances. And when "the People's Artist of Russia" is in town teaching ballet, it would be nice to know why.