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Scott Elstermann

Scott Elstermann was the 2020 WA Young Achiever of the Year (Arts & Culture) and won Best Performer (Male) and Best New Work at the 2020 Performing Arts WA Awards.

Not many dance artists around the world can state both Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham on their résumé but Scott is one.

He is the first 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 further selected by the Merce Cunningham Trust to perform the role of Merce at a distinguished MinEvent at the National Gallery of Australia.

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.

Scott has performed for some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc., Stephanie Lake Company, Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine and Brooke Leeder & Dancers.

Scott has choreographed various short works for organisations such as the WA Youth Orchestra, The Blue Room Theatre, LINK Dance Company and WAAPA. His most recent work ‘Act 2, Scenes 1-4’ was a finalist for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance at the 2019 Australian Dance Awards.