The ESPN World Salsa Championships (WSC), which brings together the best dancers from five continents every four years to compete for cash and glory, celebrated its 15th anniversary on January 12 with the release of an NFT collection.
Through diverse digital art techniques, the limited-edition collection pays homage to all past competitors who have taken part in the championships since 2005.
Among the NFT artworks in the collection is a caricature drawn by the comic artist Fernando L. Roque from a group photo taken at the 6th edition in Atlanta, GA, in 2016.
Other works include rare digital artworks generated entirely by artificial intelligence, in which scenes replicate some of the most iconic moments from the World Salsa Championships held in Miami, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Orlando, and other cities.
Other than static NFTs, the collection also includes NFT videos of top competitors, such as World Champions Oliver Pineda and his partner Luda Kroitor, who won first place at the first World Salsa Championships in Las Vegas.
Each NFT in the collection — minted on the Polygon blockchain — costs 0,04 ETH (or roughly $62) and is available for purchase on OpenSea.
Aside from owning a piece of dance history, NFT buyers will also directly benefit champions, since a significant portion of the collection proceeds will go to them.
In addition, each 15th anniversary NFT holder will get benefits such as a VIP invitation to the upcoming ESPN World Salsa Championships event.