Scott Elstermann is currently one of four international recipients of the prestigious 2018 Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. He is the first Australian and youngest ever artist to receive this fellowship which will grant Scott a sponsored placement with Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell Martinez. He will accompany her to some of the world’s best dance companies, including Nederlands Dans Theater and Skånes Dansteater, to learn about her rigorous creative process and the current European dance scene.
Scott received the Palisade Award for the most outstanding graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at the acclaimed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and has a versatile background in many styles, receiving titles such as Junior Australasian Jazz champion and Youth Queensland Ballroom champion.
Scott has performed for some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc., Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine and Scott Ewen. He has been commissioned to choreograph short works for WAAPA and for Perth and Melbourne Fringe Festival, winning the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival. He has been the audition dance assistant for the critically acclaimed musical Matilda by Royal Shakespeare Productions and a teaching artist with the West Australian Ballet.
All of this has led to Scott being a dual semi-finalist in the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards and highly sort after for television, corporate and commercial events.