Not many dance artists around the world can claim both Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham on their resume but Scott Elstermann is one.
Scott is the first and 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 – one of only three dancers selected.
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, winning the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth FRINGE WORLD Festival. He is also a teaching artist with the West Australian Ballet, Co:3 Australia and WAAPA.
Scott is currently a dual finalist in the 2020 Western Australian Young Achiever Awards. He is the only individual nominee to reach the final four in two categories (Arts & Culture and Sports), recognising Scott’s significant contribution to his local community and a role model for the State’s youth.
All of this has made him highly sought after for television, corporate and commercial events with credits including P&N Bank, IGA Carols by Candelight, AGWA Art Ball, Boobalicious Ball and Oasis Ball Campaign & Brief Awards.