Not many dance artists around the world can claim both Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham on their resume but Scott Elstermann is one. In 2018, Scott was the first Australian and youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. This granted Scott a three month placement with Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell, accompanying her to some of the world’s best dance companies including Nederlands Dans Theater. In that same year, Scott was also one of only three Australian dancers selected to perform repertoire excerpts by contemporary dance icon Merce Cunningham at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Scott received the Palisade Award for the most outstanding graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has a versatile background, receiving titles such as Junior Australasian Jazz champion and Youth Queensland Ballroom champion. He has performed for some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc., Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine, Brooke Leeder and Melbourne collective Alice Will Caroline.
He has been commissioned to choreograph various short works, winning the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival. He has received funding support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and in 2019, Scott is the recipient of a STRUT Dance SEED Residency.
Scott was the audition dance assistant for the critically acclaimed musical Matilda by Royal Shakespeare Company and is a current teaching artist with the West Australian Ballet. All of this has led to Scott being a three- time semi-finalist in the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards and highly sort after for television, corporate andcommercial events.