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 Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography. This granted Scott a placement with Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell, accompanying her to dance in companies including Nederlands Dans Theater. Scott was also one of three dancers selected to perform excerpts by Merce Cunningham at the National Gallery of Australia in that same year.
Scott received the Palisade Award for the most outstanding graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at WAAPA. He has a versatile background, receiving titles such as Junior Australasian Jazz champion and Youth Queensland Ballroom champion. He has performed for Lucy Guerin Inc., Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine, Scott Ewen and Brooke Leeder.
Scott has choreographed numerous short works, winning the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival. He is a current teaching artist with the West Australian Ballet and artistic team leader with Ausdance WA. All of this has led to Scott being a three-time semi-finalist in the WA Young Achiever Awards.
Scott was selected as a Co:Lab Artist in 2019 and was a choreographic leader for Co:3 Australia’s Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble Project NEXT 2019.