"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." - Marian Wright Edelman
Maribeth Tabanera is a proud Filipinx-Canadian educator and artist. She was born and raised in the North End community of Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Maribeth attended Tec Voc High School and completed a vocational diploma in Graphic Design. Maribeth holds a 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). She currently works full-time as the Internship Coordinator at the Seven Oaks Met School and Maples Met School, while also teaching dance freelance.
In parallel to her academic pursuits, Maribeth has over 20 years of movement experience, Maribeth Tabanera has a diverse repertoire of street style dance moves and choreographic experience. She began her dance training at the age of 8 with Magadaragat Inc., a Filipino folk dance group. From 2006 - 2013 she was a member of Define Movement, one of Winnipeg's premiere hip hop dance crews. In 2015, Maribeth represented Winnipeg with Project Company at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships in Montreal, and Canada at Hip Hop International in San Diego. Maribeth is now a core member of B.O.S.S. Dance Team, choreographing and performing with them.
Maribeth Tabanera is an active member of the street styles dance battle community as a competitor and organizer. Her love and passion for dance are reflected in her specialties, which include hip hop, b-girling, house, dancehall, waacking, and vogueing. She continues to train and battle across North America. Most recently, she made it to the finals of the Queens Creation All-Styles Battle in Montreal in August 2019.
Never one to stop learning, Maribeth graduated from Mama Cutsworth's DJ Academy for All Women and Non-Binary Folks on April 2018 and since then has enjoyed playing her favourite tracks at events all over Winnipeg. In September 2019, she was a part of Bastid's BBQ Winnipeg, playing alongside Skratch Bastid and DJ Maseo from De La Soul. She is currently a resident DJ with Queer People of Colour Winnipeg and Synonym Art Consultation. Catch her spinning on Ladies Night at Club 200 every first Saturday of the month.
FULL CV as of February 2nd, 2020
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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.
Thursdays, Feb. 6th - Mar. 26th, 2020
8-Week Beginner DJ Program
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
8-Week Street Style Dance Program
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Studio 393, 393 Portage Avenue in the
skywalk between Staples and the Bay
Cost & Age Limit: Free for students between 7-30 yrs. old
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)
April 1, 2017