Ballerina Mugged on the UWS, Pointe Shoes Stolen

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 6:34 AM EDT
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Ballerina Mugged on the UWS, Pointe Shoes Stolen

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Natalia Osipova performs during The Bolshoi Ballet's performance of Don Quixote in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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Two muggers punched a Russian ballerina in the face and took her pointe shoes while she was returning home from a performance late yesterday, police said.

Natalia Osipova was walking home on Manhattan's Upper West Side around midnight Tuesday when she was attacked by two men. They punched her face and stole her bag which contained pointe shoes valued at about $100.

Ballet Theatre officials say she suffered minor injuries and was cleared to perform by doctors.

Osipova is a star of the Bolshoi Ballet. She's a guest artist at the American Ballet Theatre and is scheduled to perform Saturday at the Ballet Theatre's performance of "Sleeping Beauty.'' She is to debut as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet'' on July 10.

Police are searching for the suspects.

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