Maribeth Tabanera

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." - Marian Wright Edelman

Maribeth "Kilusan" Tabanera (she/her/siya) is a Filipinx multidisciplinary artist, educator and activist born and based in Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg). Kilusan is a Tagalog word that means movement of an individual and/or group. A life-long learner, she has focused her energy in diving deeply into her passions of dance, music, education, social justice and community building. Maribeth holds a Graphic Design Diploma (Tec Voc, 2006),  Bachelors of Art (University of Winnipeg, 2010), Industrial Arts/Technology Teacher Education Diploma (Red River College, 2012), and Bachelors of Education (University of Winnipeg, 2013). Maribeth is the full-time Internship Coordinator at Seven Oaks Met School and Maples Met School in the Seven Oaks School Division, and an instructor with Graffiti Art Programming. She is also currently a member of Kultivation Festival, Seven Oaks Filipino Employees Association and Manitoba Association of Dance Educators.


Maribeth has spent over 25+ years training, in a variety of dance styles including b-girling, hip hop, house, vogue, waacking, dancehall and afrobeat. She began her dance training at the age of 8, with Filipino folk dance organization, Magadaragat Inc. From 2006 - 2013 she was a member of Define Movement, one of Winnipeg's premiere Hip Hop dance crews. In 2015, Maribeth was part of Project Dance Company. The crew became one of the first groups to represent Winnipeg at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships in Montreal, and Canada at Hip Hop International in San Diego.  Since 2016, Maribeth has been a choreographer and performer with B.O.S.S. Dance Team. Maribeth is also an active member of the street styles dance battle community as a competitor, judge and organizer. She continues to train and battle across North America. Most notably, she made top 8 in the Dancehall category of Ladies of Hip Hop July 2018 in New York and was a finalist at Queens Creation​ All-Styles Battle in Montreal in August 2019.


A graduate from Mama Cutsworth's DJ Academy for All Women and Non-Binary Folks, she has been playing her favourite tracks at events all over Winnipeg since 2017. Her music collection is filled with her favourite funk, soul, jazz, rock, disco, hip hop, house, latin, dancehall, and afro-beat records. Kilusan has DJed with Queer People of Colour Winnipeg, Synonym Art Consultation, Fourth Quarter Records, DJ Bles-sed in Montreal, Bastid’s BBQ 2019 along side Skratch Bastid and DJ Maseo of De La Soul, and with Kay Gee and Vin Rock of Naughty By Nature at the Big Picture Learning Big Summer Fest 2020.


Maribeth “Kilusan” Tabanera strives to create an inclusive atmosphere wherever she is, in hopes of inspiring all people to live life to their fullest potential of light and love.

FULL CV as of August 2020



Lessons with Kilusan

I create a welcoming and safe space for all types and level of students. My goal is to challenge each student to learn and improve their movement and DJ skills at their own pace. I have experience teaching all ages and all levels.

Online Foundational Hip Hop

Wednesday, May 27th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Dancers will be led through a dynamic warm-up based in Rocking and Hip Hop foundational grooves.

Followed by a variety of exercises working on foundational moves.

Students will do a short routine utilizing the grooves and moves covered.

The class will end with a mobility cool down.

This workshop is suitable for students looking to develop their foundational knowledge of Hip Hop Dance.


Online Beginner Vogue

Wednesday, June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Dancers will be led through a dynamic warm-up.
Followed by a variety of exercises working on the five elements:

hand performance, catwalk, duckwalk, spin and dip, and floor performance.

Students will do a short routine utilizing the moves covered.

The class will end with a mobility cool down.

This workshop is suitable for students looking to develop their foundational knowledge of Vogue. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 4793594389

Password: GAP393



Private and Small Group Lessons

Are you interested in learning a dance style in a smaller class size or on your own? I offer private and small group classes upon request. Please send me a message through my contact form with what kind of dance classes you are looking for. If I can't accomodate you, I will try my best to refer you to someone who can!

"Maribeth is a creative, passionate and supportive teacher/choreographer, I was so lucky to get to work with her! She helped me create an unforgettable performance and my voguing improved tremendously.

Maribeth was able to create choreography that was challenging, but still within my skill level and it looked fantastic! Maribeth is amazing at what she does and was fantastic to work with!"

- Drag King Lex Contralata (June 2018)



George T.

April 1, 2017

Maribeth Tabanera


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


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