The overall objective is to empower mutual understanding and breaking down mental barriers in the Program area through the universal language of dance and ballet, which does not need translation. Through this field the project aims to develop common cultural and art-educational sector; to enhance mutual awareness and interest in the neighboring culture and contemporary achievements across the border; to enhance and increase people-to-people cross-border social communication; to impact in the world-wide promotion of the Program area by involving world ballet stars in the festival activities and to enhance new generation of ballet stars, promoting future in their countries.
The project managed to reach it's aims and embraced large number of people. 210 ballet students, 19 teachers, 37 star dancers and almost 8000 spectators were involved with the experience of cross-border cooperation actions. Project demonstrated a model of how to facilitate professional and interpersonal exchange between students and professionals in the field of classical dance from Russia and Finland. It developed a new level of co-operation between ballet schools and students in the neighboring countries, helping to further integrate Russian ballet into European cultural life and providing a means to spread the renowned traditions of Russian dance education and performance beyond the borders of Russia. Along the project activities, tourism and related services were also highlighted in the regions of South Savo.