Alpo Aaltokoski majored in choreography and graduated as a Master of Arts from the Department of Dance at the Finnish Theatre Academy in 1991. During his career, Aaltokoski has created over fifty works which have been received with great acclaim. In addition to his private and undeniably high-level artistic career, he has had varied and multiple roles in the field of dance, for example, as a pedagogue both in Finland and abroad with cultural and art political influence. Aaltokoski received the Order of the Lion of Finland, Pro Finlandia award. This prestigious medal is awarded by the Finnish president annually to Finns who have distinguished themselves in the field of arts and science, and is one of Finland’s highest honours. The award has been granted to outstanding artists since 1945.