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 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. In that same year, Scott was one of only three Australian dancers selected to perform repertoire excerpts by Merce Cunningham at the National Gallery of Australia. Scott received the Palisade Award for the most outstanding graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has performed for some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc., Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine, Brooke Leeder and Melbourne collective Alice Will Caroline. He has choreographed various short works, winning the Overall Dance & Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival. Scott is a teaching artist with West Australian Ballet. All this has led him to be a triple semi-finalist in the WA Young Achiever Awards.