Scott Elstermann is the 2020 7NEWS WA Young Achiever of the Year for Arts and Culture. Scott also won ‘Best Performer (Male)’ and ‘Best New Work’ at the 2019 Performing Arts WA Awards.
Not many dance artists around the world can claim both Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham on their resume but Scott is one. He is the only Australian and youngest-ever international recipient of the prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. This granted Scott a placement with Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell, accompanying her to some of the world’s best dance companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, Skånes Dansteater and Gärtnerplatztheater.
To celebrate Merce Cunningham’s Centennial, Scott was selected by the Merce Cunningham Trust to perform the role of Merce at a distinguished MinEvent at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Scott received the Palisade Award for ‘Most Outstanding Graduate’ of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at the acclaimed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has a versatile background, receiving titles such as Junior Australasian Jazz champion and Youth Queensland Ballroom DanceSport champion.
He has performed for some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc., Stephanie Lake Company, Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine, Brooke Leeder & Dancers and Melbourne collective Alice Will Caroline.
Scott has been commissioned to choreograph various short works, with his latest work ‘Act 2, Scenes 1-4’ nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance at the 2019 Australian Dance Awards. Scott won the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival and regularly choreographs for Perth’s elite secondary and tertiary institutions. He is a teaching artist with the West Australian Ballet and Co:3 Contemporary Dance as well as a guest lecturer at WAAPA.
Scott was the inaugural Showcase artist profile for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), profiling the creativity, skill and talent of local artists and successful grant recipients. All of this has made him highly sought after for television, corporate and commercial events with credits including P&N Bank, IGA Carols by Candlelight, AGWA Art Ball, Boobalicious Ball, Oasis Ball Campaign & Brief Awards, Wearable Art Mandurah and Menagerie Choir.