Scott Elstermann is an independent dancer and choreographer born and bred in Perth. Training at the acclaimed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Scott received the Palisade Award for the most outstanding graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course in 2014 along with a Certificate of Recognition for being in the top 100 students out of 25,000 at Edith Cowan University.
Scott has been a semi-finalist in the 2017 and 2016 Western Australian Young Achiever Awards, Junior Australasian Jazz champion and Youth Queensland Ballroom champion.
At WAAPA, Scott performed in works by Rafael Bonachela, Rachel Arianne Ogle, Justin Rutzou, Sue Peacock, Natalie Weir and Xiao-Xiong Zhang. He toured to the 2013 Beijing Normal University International Creative Dance Seminar and was invited on LINK Dance Company's 2014 European Tour as an undergraduate guest artist. Scott was one of forty international students selected to perform at the 2014 World Dance Alliance's Choreolab in Angers, France and his choreographic work Sanguis was a finalist in the Australian Institute of Classical Dance competition Dance Creation. The dance film adaptation of this piece has gone on to be screened at the 2015 Revelation Film Festival and Australian Dance Week.
Since graduating, Scott has worked with Lucy Guerin Inc. (The Dark Chorus), Natalie Allen (Sublime….), Shona Erskine (White Matter), Scott Ewen (AUTO-immune) and STRUT Dance (Short Cuts, Prime Cuts). He produced, choreographed and performed in Awkward Con-nections which won the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe Festival and toured to the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Scott was commissioned by WAAPA to choreograph on the first year dance students for their premiere performance season in May 2017 and has also collaborated for a variety of local events including the IGA Carols by Candlelight, Canning World Arts Exchange, Joondalup Festival and Wearable Art Mandurah.