Scott Elstermann

Scott Elstermann is the first Australian and youngest-ever international recipient of the prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. This granted Scott the honour of partnering with Marina Mascarell whom he accompanied to some of the world’s most renowned contemporary dance companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Skånes Dansteater and Gärtnerplatztheater.

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 Ballroom DanceSport Champion.

Scott was selected by the Merce Cunningham Trust to perform the role of Cunningham at a distinguished Centennial Event at the National Gallery of Australia. He has also performed for some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc, Stephanie Lake Company, Shona Erskine and Brooke Leeder, winning ‘Best Performer (Male)’ at the Performing Arts WA Awards.

Scott has choreographed various short works and commissions for organisations such as the West Australian Opera, WA Youth Orchestra, Breaksea, Freeze Frame Opera, LINK Dance Company and WAAPA Musical Theatre and Dance departments. His work has been a finalist for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance & Choreography’ at the Australian Dance Awards and won ‘Best New Work’ at the Performing Arts WA Awards.

In 2020, Scott was named WA Young Achiever of the Year (Arts & Culture) and in 2023, Scott is one of only two emerging choreographers selected from a worldwide callout to create a new work for La Biennale di Venezia under the mentorship of Wayne McGregor.

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