The net cracker! World’s top ballerina Natalia Osipova joins crypto craze in bid to open new dance company

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Ballet superstar Natalia Osipova is entering the latest wave of the crypto craze, NFTs – or non-fungible tokens.

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Having started dancing at the age of five in Moscow, Osipova has become a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet.

But she’s hoping to win over a more tech-savvy audience by selling NFT, the world’s first ballet.


Recording: Ballet superstar Natalia Osipova (pictured) performs the three-piece with choreographer and contemporary dancer fiancé Jason Kittelberger

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An NFT is a unique cryptographic token, essentially a computer file that displays proof of authenticity.

The token, or digital certificate of ownership, has been used to sell a piece of art for £50 million and a tweet for £2.1million.

The 35-year-old internationally acclaimed dancer has performed the three-piece with her choreographer and contemporary dancer fiancé Jason Kittelberger.

They hope to use the proceeds to start their own dance company. Work – Video of the Demonstration – The auction house at Bonhams is open for bids until December 10.

Buyers will get a digital copy of the video and a certificate of ownership, which can be kept or sold. Two performances of the Ballet Giselle will start at £8,000.

A performance by the contemporary duet Left Behind starts at £30,000.


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