About BPAC

Following the successful lead of the McDonald's Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge Inc. is bringing the latest in amateur competition for performers in various sectors of the Performing Arts right here to Queensland.  Our commitment to youth in the Performing Arts is highlighted in our Mission Statement:


“The Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge Inc. is committed to fostering a professional environment which maximizes opportunities for all students of the performing arts to realize their full potential in the industry and in life by providing the top level of competition at professional venues and opportunities to work with professional performers.”


What makes this competition different from the rest is its focus on continually moving forward, providing a platform to build confidence and skill plus rewarding and encouraging competitors with the opportunity to participate in professional up to date workshops and receive prizes that will benefit their careers, such as scholarships, valuable equipment, and monetary bonuses.


By encompassing a high standard of competition in many sectors of Dance, the competitors, through their continued commitment to this event, will enjoy the benefits of both personal and professional growth. Furthering their education in this field will have a direct and positive effect and will assist with nurturing and developing their careers in the performing arts.


The Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge (BPAC) was established in 2005 and thanks to the generosity and support of private and corporate citizens/companies and together with the tireless support from a small number of volunteers the Challenge was brought to life and has grown considerably now boasting members throughout Queensland including:


  • Dance Schools

  • Performing ArtsSchools/ Teachers/ Lecturers

  • Senior Citizens Residences/Clubs

  • Cultural and Community Groups

  • Primary, Middle & Senior Schools both Public and Private



BPAC'S Management Team

The Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge is governed by an Executive Committee and Convenor's Board that provide a diverse mix of experience from both within and outside the Performing Arts and Dance Industry and is committed to BPAC's Mission Statement and the development and growth of the Challenge.


BPAC's Patron:  Miss Kelley Abbey  
Kelley is one of Australia's most versatile talents…… leading lady in numerous musicals, winner of  the Best Musical Theatre Performer Mo Award, one of Australia's best choreographers and dancer both in television, music videos, film and stage.  As Kelley says “Let us nurture our creativity…..and feel the beat”.

Members of the executive committee:


  • Chairman – Rhonda Binnie

  • Treasurer – Cecily Viden

  • Secretary - Rob Drury

  • Sponsor & Advertising Administrator, Grants Advisors – Rhonda Binnie & Nicky Manego 

  • Group Convenors – Nicky Manego

  • Schools Convenor - Nicky Manego

  • Judges Lliasson Officer - Gayle Canning 

  • Scholarship Convenors - Ally Hannon (Ballet & Contemporary), Jules Luck (Musical Theatre), Cassie Cashel (Jazz),

  • Gill Drury (Tap), Jody Rollason (Choreography & Ballroom Revolucion), TBA (Workshops), Billi Luck (Acting & Drama)