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Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo

Backstage after the "So You Think You Can Dance" season four finale.
Residence Sherman Oaks, CA[1]
Other names Nappytabs
Ethnicity Filipino (Napoleon)
Italian (Tabitha)
Alma mater University of Nevada, Las Vegas[2]
Occupation Choreographers, dance teachers, creative directors, fashion designers
Years active 1996–present
Home town Las Vegas, NV
Known for Developing lyrical hip-hop
Website
NappyTabs

Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo, also known as Nappytabs, are a husband and wife choreography team who are often credited with developing the new strand of hip-hop dance known as lyrical hip-hop.[1][3][4][5][6] They have been working together in the dance industry since 1996 and are best known for their choreography on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. They were subsequently nominated for an 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for their work on season four. In addition to So You Think You Can Dance, Napoleon and Tabitha are supervising choreographers on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew and own Nappytabs urban dancewear.

Napoleon and Tabitha started their career in Las Vegas while still in college choreographing industrial musicals for large corporations. After moving to Los Angeles, they began teaching dance classes at both studios and conventions as well as choreographing for professional sports' dance teams including the Orlando Magic and the Dallas Cowboys. From teaching, their career progressed to choreographing for commercials, television shows, and concerts. They have worked with entertainers such as Missy Elliott, Celine Dion, Kayne West, Ricky Martin, and Jennifer Lopez. Their most recent projects include appearing in the 2010 dance documentary MOVE and choreographing Cirque Du Soleil's Viva ELVIS show. Although Napoleon and Tabitha still choreograph and teach classes, they have moved toward providing creative direction for tours and live events.

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Early life

While growing up in Victorville, California,[1] Napoleon (born October 17, 1968) learned breaking, locking, and popping by traveling to Los Angeles and frequenting the b-boy scene; he was eventually cast as an extra in the movie Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo in 1984.[7] After graduating from Apple Valley High School, Napoleon enlisted in the US military[1] and his family relocated to Las Vegas. After being discharged, he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he majored in molecular biology and minored in chemistry.[2] In college Napoleon started taking jazz and modern dance classes. Due to his talent, he ended up receiving a full scholarship as a member of the university's dance team.[7]

Tabitha née Cortopassi (born September 11, 1973) grew up on the opposite side of the country in Galloway, New Jersey[6] where she studied jazz, ballet, and tap.[7] Since there were no hip-hop classes being offered at the time, she learned hip-hop dance by watching music videos and participating in her high school's cheer and dance teams.[7] After graduating from Absegami High School,[8] Tabitha moved out west to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she majored in communications and started taking formal hip-hop dance classes.[2] It is at UNLV where she met her future husband Napoleon.[7]

Tabitha and Napoleon started their professional partnership in 1996 while still in college as part of the dance company Culture Shock. During their time with Culture Shock, they choreographed a variety of industrials for casinos and companies such as Nike, Levi, Redken, Matrix Hair, and MAC (Makeup Art Cosmetics).[7][9] Although Tabitha was planning to take a job position in public relations and Napoleon was planning to attend medical school, they both decided upon graduating to change their career plans and pursue dance full time.[7]

Career

While in Las Vegas Napoleon and Tabitha both graduated college, got married, and started their career in dance. Since the beginning of their career they have always worked together including their first choreography job and the first dance class they taught.[10] It is very rare for them to work apart. In 1999, a year after getting married, Napoleon and Tabitha moved to Los Angeles to expand their opportunities in the dance industry.[7]

Choreography

Choreography and performance credits with musical acts include Sean Kingston,[11] Jennifer Lopez,[5] Carrie Underwood,[6] Celine Dion, Missy Elliott, Toni Braxton, Destiny's Child, Timbaland, De La Soul, Kristine W, Culture Shock, and Funky Green Dogs.[12][13] Their television and film credits include the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards,[14] the Special Olympics,[12] Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101, the Grammy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, Soul Train, Legally Blonde, and MTV's Rock the Cradle.[13] Napoleon and Tabitha have also choreographed for NFL and NBA dance teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, and Orlando Magic.[15]

"I'm hoping, as a choreographer, that [ABDC's] going to bring it to the next level again, just like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, when they were the stars of the screen... Where you can go somewhere, and it's not 'backup' dancing. You're the actual show."
—Napoleon D'umo[16]

Napoleon has served as a talent scout traveling across the country auditioning crews for America's Best Dance Crew since season one in 2008. In an interview with Zap2it.com, he expressed his excitement about the show's potential to bring dancers to the forefront. With his wife Tabitha, they have been supervising choreographers for all five seasons.[16]

Also in 2008, the couple took on hosting duties for Rock the Reception on TLC.[17] On the show they created wedding dances for engaged couples and their respective wedding party to surprise their guests at the reception.[18] A day before the premiere they appeared on ABC's The View in order to promote it.[19] The same year, they joined the choreography and judging team on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.[3] It was on this show that their lyrical hip-hop style gained mainstream exposure. The term lyrical hip-hop was first coined by choreographer and producer Adam Shankman in reference to a routine choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha to Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love".

"The great thing about this show is that we've really explored a totally new thing which is lyrical hip-hop and [Tabitha and Napoleon] nail it. This show has shown that hip-hop is just a completely legitimate beautiful genre in and of its own and you can tell such beautiful and heart breaking stories."[20][21]

This routine was later nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.[22] Tabitha has stated that they do not create choreography without a story because the story determines the movement and the feeling they want to project: "We listen to the song over and over and over and finally we find that skeleton and then we can start preparing some steps."[23] According to Dance Spirit magazine, what differentiates lyrical hip-hop from standard hip-hop is that dancers interpret the beat differently:

What makes lyrical hip hop unique is that your dance movements have to tell a story to the lyrics of a song. Expect isolations (especially of the chest), slow, fluid movements (like gliding and body waves) and contemporary-inspired turns (but not pirouettes). There’s popping, but not the hard-hitting kind. Dancers are meant to look like they’re unwinding, unraveling and floating.[24]

In April 2009, Napoleon and Tabitha choreographed three dance numbers for the second season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia. SYTYCD Australia judge and choreographer Matt Lee called their "Dead and Gone" lyrical hip-hop number the best routine of the season.[25]

In September 2009, Napoleon and Tabitha choreographed the opening dance number on the season 7 premiere of The Ellen Degeneres Show.[26] The routine featured both Ellen and the top 10 dancers from season five of So You Think You Can Dance. In February 2010 they provided choreography for Cirque Du Soleil's "Viva ELVIS" show at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas.[27]

Teaching

Napoleon and Tabitha spend a lot of time teaching classes at dance studios and conventions. They teach hip-hop dance at DancePlug[28] and at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood.[12] They are also faculty members at Xtreme Dance Force,[29] Shock the Intensive,[9] Coastal Dance Rage,[13] 2 Days in OC,[30] iHollywood,[31] and Monsters of Hip Hop[32] dance conventions. In addition to their permanent teaching positions they were featured instructors at Project 818 in Moscow, Russia and judges at the 2009 Australian Hip Hop Championships in Sydney.[33][34]

Directing

Although the majority of their work consist of choreography and teaching, Napoleon and Tabitha have also provided creative direction for tours and live events. In 2006, they served as assistant directors for Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics Tour. They were also assistant directors for Ricky Martin’s Black and White Tour in 2007 and for Celine Dion's Taking Chances Tour, and Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour in 2008.[14] Also in 2008, they were the lead directors for Monsters of Hip Hop: The Show as well as the So You Think You Can Dance Tour and America's Best Dance Crew Live, which featured Jabbawockeez, Super Cr3w, Fanny Pak, ASIID, and Breaksk8.[14][35][36] In 2009, they directed the succeeding So You Think You Can Dance Tour[14] as well as the Jabbawockeez opening show for New Kids on the Block's Full Service Tour.

Projects

Napoleon and Tabitha have their own line of dancewear called Nappytabs. Nappytabs is the first line of hip-hop dance apparel. They decided to develop it due to the lack of appropriate dancewear for the urban hip-hop dance community[37] (hence the slogan created by dancers for dancers). For this reason, it is sold exclusively at selected regional dance clothing stores, major dance conventions—Monsters of Hip Hop, Shock the Intensive, Pulse, CoDance—and online through the Nappytabs official website.[3][38]

In 2007, Tabitha was the host/instructor of an exercise DVD by Prevention Fitness Systems titled Drop it with Dance. RodaleStore.com describes it as a "...high energy workout [that] will have you dancing off the pounds and inches."[39] The video is split into six 10-minute routines that gradually increase in difficulty; movements from all six routines are combined in the finale "Showtime" segment.[40] Tabitha also appeared in Rock Your Body, a dance/fitness DVD hosted by choreographer and creative director Jamie King who is known primarily for his work with Madonna.[39][41]

In 2010, Napoleon and Tabitha will appear in the documentary MOVE.[6][42] The film is about dance as an art form and how notable choreographers were able to go from dancing as a hobby to dancing as a career. There are over fifty dance professionals slated to appear in this film including Jamie King, Vincent Paterson, Marguerite Derricks, Desmond Richardson, Alex Magno, Kenny Ortega, Mia Michaels, and Barry Lather.

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Napoleon Buddy D'umo (born October 17, 1968) and Tabitha A. D'umo (née Cortopassi born September 11, 1973), also known as Nappytabs, are husband and wife choreographers who are often credited with developing the new style of hip-hop dance known as lyrical hip-hop.[1][2][3][4][5] They have been working together in the dance industry since 1996 and are best known for their choreography on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. They were nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for their work on the fourth season of the show. Napoleon and Tabitha are also supervising choreographers on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew.

Napoleon and Tabitha started their career in Las Vegas while they were still in college choreographing industrial musicals for large businesses. After moving to Los Angeles, they began teaching hip-hop dance classes and choreographing for professional basketball and football dance teams including the Orlando Magic and the Dallas Cowboys. Their career improved to choreographing music videos, commercials, films, television shows, and concerts. Napoleon and Tabitha have worked with entertainers such as Missy Elliott, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Ricky Martin, and Jennifer Lopez. They also appeared in the dance documentary MOVE and choreographed Cirque Du Soleil's Viva ELVIS show. In addition to choreography and teaching classes, they direct concert tours and live events and have their own dance clothing line called Nappytabs.

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Early life

While growing up in Victorville, California,[1] Napoleon learned how to dance by traveling to Los Angeles and spending time with b-boys; he was eventually cast as an extra in the movie Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo in 1984.[6] After graduating from Apple Valley High School,[7] Napoleon joined the US military and was sent to Germany.[1] After he was discharged from the military, he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he majored in molecular biology.[8] In college, Napoleon started taking jazz dance and modern dance classes. He eventually received a full scholarship as a member of the university's dance team.[6]

Tabitha grew up in Galloway, New Jersey.[5] Her mother, Cynthia Cortopassi,[5] enrolled her in jazz dance classes when she was young.[6] Since there were no hip-hop classes, Tabitha learned by watching music videos and participating in her high school's cheer and dance teams.[6] She names Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Paula Abdul as influences.[6] After graduating from Absegami High School,[6] Tabitha moved to Nevada to attend UNLV where she majored in communications and started taking hip-hop dance classes.[8] It was there that she met her future husband Napoleon.[6]

Tabitha and Napoleon started their professional partnership in 1996 while still in college as part of the dance company Culture Shock. During their time with Culture Shock, they choreographed a variety of industrial musicals—musicals performed for the employees of a business to motivate/entertain—for companies such as Nike, Levi, Redken, Matrix Hair, and MAC.[6][9] Although Tabitha was planning to take a job in public relations and Napoleon was planning to attend medical school, they both decided when they graduated college to pursue a career in the dance industry.[6]

Career

Choreography

Napoleon and Tabitha have choreographed for sports teams, movies, television, and for the stage. They have choreographed for NFL and NBA dance teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, and Orlando Magic. Some of the celebrities they have worked with include Sean Kingston,[10] Jennifer Lopez,[4] Carrie Underwood,[5] Celine Dion, Missy Elliott, Destiny's Child, and Timbaland.[11][12] Their television/film work includes the Emmy Awards,[13] the Special Olympics,[11] the Grammy Awards, Soul Train, Legally Blonde, Mr. Fix It[14] and MTV's Rock the Cradle.[12][15]

"I'm hoping, as a choreographer, that [ABDC's] going to bring it to the next level again, just like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, when they were the stars of the screen... Where you can go somewhere, and it's not 'backup' dancing. You're the actual show."

Napoleon D'umo[16]

Napoleon and Tabitha have been supervising choreographers for America's Best Dance Crew since season one in 2008.[16] In an interview with Zap2it.com, Napoleon spoke of his excitement about how the show brings dancers from the background to the front.

Also in 2008, the couple took on hosting duties for Rock the Reception on TLC. On the show they created wedding dances for engaged couples to perform for the guests at the wedding reception.[17] A day before the premiere of the show, they appeared on ABC's The View in order to promote it.[18][19]

In February 2010, they provided choreography for Cirque Du Soleil's Viva ELVIS show at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.[20] The following March, they choreographed a pilot episode for a new dance TV show starring Paula Abdul and Kenny Ortega.[6][21] In July, they choreographed a hip-hop routine for Seattle Theatre Group's 12th Annual DANCE This concert.[22] In September, they choreographed a pilot episode for another dance television show called MOBBED.[23]

So You Think You Can Dance

In 2008, Napoleon and Tabitha joined the choreography and judging team on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).[2] It was on this show that their lyrical hip-hop style gained popularity. The term lyrical hip-hop was created by SYTYCD judge Adam Shankman when he commented on a routine choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha to Leona Lewis' song "Bleeding Love".

The great thing about this show is that we've really explored a totally new thing which is lyrical hip-hop and [Tabitha and Napoleon] nail it. This show has shown that hip-hop is just a completely legitimate beautiful genre in and of its own and you can tell such beautiful and heart breaking stories.
Adam Shankman, [24]

This routine was later nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.[25] Tabitha has said that they do not create choreography without a story because the story determines the movement and the feeling they want to show: "We listen to the song over and over and over and finally we find that skeleton and then we can start preparing some steps."[26]

In April 2009, Napoleon and Tabitha choreographed three dance routines for the second season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia. SYTYCD Australia judge and choreographer Matt Lee called their "Dead and Gone" lyrical hip-hop routine the best routine of the season.[27] Later that year in September, Napoleon and Tabitha choreographed the opening dance performance on the season seven premiere of The Ellen Degeneres Show.[28] The performance featured both DeGeneres and the top 10 dancers from season five of So You Think You Can Dance.

Tabitha and Napoleon returned to So You Think You Can Dance for seasons six and seven. On season seven they choreographed routines for both the contestants as well as for two guest performers. One guest performance was for the English pop singer Natasha Bedingfield and another, choreographed with Mandy Moore, was for the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE.[29] Napoleon and Tabitha have been with So You Think You Can Dance since season four. They have created dance routines for both couples and groups:

Season Week Dancers Style Music
Season 4 Vegas Week All Dancers Hip-hop "Shawty Get Loose"—Lil' Mama featuring T-Pain and Chris Brown
Week 1 Rayven Armijo
Jamie Bayard
"American Boy"—Estelle feat. Kanye West
Katee Shean
Joshua Allen
Lyrical hip-hop "No Air"-Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
Week 3 Kherington Payne
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Hip-hop "Don't Touch Me (Throw da Water on 'em)"—Busta Rhymes
Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Lyrical hip-hop "Bleeding Love"—Leona Lewis
Week 5 Comfort Fedoke
Thayne Jasperson
Hip-hop "Can We Chill"—Ne-Yo
Top 12 "Closer"-Ne-Yo
Week 7 Courtney Galiano
William Wingfield
Lyrical hip-hop "Like You'll Never See Me Again"—Alicia Keys
Comfort Fedoke
Mark Kanemura
Hip-hop "Party People"—Nelly feat. Fergie
Week 8 Chelsie Hightower
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
"Control"—Vitamin String Quartet
Week 9 Courtney Galiano
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
"Church"—T-Pain
Season 5 Vegas Week All Dancers "Boom Boom Pow"—Black Eyed Peas
Week 1 Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Lyrical hip-hop "Mad"-Ne-Yo
Paris Torres
Tony Bellissimo
Hip-hop "Let the Beat Rock" (Boyz Noize Megamix)—Black Eyed Peas
Week 3 Top 16 Hip-hop/Samba "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"—Pitbull
Week 4 Jeanine Mason
Phillip Chbeeb
Hip-hop "Love Lockdown"—Kanye West
Week 5 Randi Evans
Evan Kasprzak
Lyrical hip-hop "Halo"-Beyonce
Top 12 Hip-hop "Seven Nation Army"—The White Stripes
Week 6 Janette Manrara
Ade Obayomi
Hip-hop "Love Sex Magic"—Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake
Week 8 Jeanine Mason
Ade Obayomi
"Move (If You Wanna)"—Mims
Season 6 Vegas Week All Dancers "Girls on the Dance Floor"—Far East Movement
Week 1 Russell Ferguson
Kevin Hunte
Jonathan "Legacy" Perez
"Beggin' (District 78 mix)"—Madcon
Ariana Dubose
Peter Sabasino
"Black and Gold"—Sam Sparro
Week 2 Karen Hauer
Kevin Hunte
"Ice Cream Paint Job"—Dorrough
Week 4 Ashleigh Di Lello
Jakob Karr
"Whatcha Say"-Jason Derulo
Week 5 Top 12 Pop-Jazz "What's a Girl Gotta Do"–Basement Jaxx feat. Paloma Faith
Week 6 Noelle Marsh
Ryan Di Lello
Hip-hop "Give It to Me Right"—Melanie Fiona
Week 7 Ellenore Scott
Jonathan "Legacy" Perez
"People Are Strange" (District 78 remix)—The Doors
Week 8 Kathryn McCormick
Russell Ferguson
"I Can Transform Ya"—Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Swizz Beats
Season 7 Vegas Week All Dancers "OMG"-Usher
Week 0 Jose Ruiz
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Comfort Fedoke
Dominic Sandoval
"Din Daa Daa" (District 78 mix)—George Kranz
Week 1 Jose Ruiz
Comfort Fedoke
"Beautiful Monster"-Ne-Yo
Alexie Agdeppa
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
"Butterfly"-Jason Mraz
Week 3 Alex Wong
Stephen "Twitch" Boss
"Outta Your Mind"-Lil Jon ft. LMFAO
Week 4 Ashley Galvan
Dominic Sandoval
"How Low"-Ludacris
Week 5 Jose Ruiz
Dominic Sandoval
Breaking "Battle for the Beat" - District 78
Week 6 Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Lauren
Hip-hop "My Chick Bad"—Ludacris ft. Nicki Minaj
Comfort Fedoke
Adéchiké Torbert
Lyrical hip-hop "Fallin'"—Alicia Keys
Week 8 Robert Roldan
Dominic Sandoval
Hip-hop "Scars"—Basement Jaxx feat. Kelis, Meleka and Chipmunk
Week 9 Stephen "Twitch" Boss
Lauren Froderman
Hip-hop "Power"—Kanye West

Teaching

Napoleon and Tabitha spend a lot of time teaching classes at dance studios and conventions—regional educational events hosted by professional dancers. They teach hip-hop dance at Millennium Dance Complex,[30] at the Edge Performing Arts Center[11] and online through DancePlug.com.[31] They are also faculty members at Xtreme Dance Force,[32] Shock the Intensive,[9] Coastal Dance Rage,[12] iHollywood,[33] and Monsters of Hip Hop[34] dance conventions. In addition to their permanent teaching positions, they were guest instructors at Project 818 in Moscow, Russia and judges at the 2009 Australian Hip Hop Championships in Sydney.[35][36]

Directing

Most of Napoleon and Tabitha's work is in choreography and teaching but they have also provided creative direction for tours and live events. Creative directors are responsible for the design, vision, and theme of a show. In 2006 and 2007, they served as assistant creative directors for Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics Tour and for Ricky Martin’s Black and White Tour.[13] In 2008, they were assistant creative directors for Celine Dion's Taking Chances Tour and Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour.[13]

Also in 2008, they were the lead creative directors for Monsters of Hip Hop: The Show,[37] the So You Think You Can Dance Tour,[13] and America's Best Dance Crew Live.[38]

In 2009, they directed the second So You Think You Can Dance Tour[13] and in 2010 they directed the Jabbawockeez' MÜS.I.C (muse-i-see) show at the MGM Grand Las Vegas hotel and casino.[39]

Projects

Napoleon and Tabitha have their own line of dance clothing line called Nappytabs. Nappytabs is the first line of hip-hop dance clothing. They decided to create it because of the lack of appropriate dance clothing for urban hip-hop dancers.[40] For this reason, it is sold at selected regional dance clothing stores, major dance conventions, online through the Nappytabs official website, and at their only retail location and dance studio in North Hollywood.[2][41]

In 2007, Tabitha was the host of an exercise DVD titled Drop it with Dance.[42] The video is split into six 10-minute routines that gradually increase in difficulty; movements from all six routines are combined in the finale "Showtime" segment.[43] Tabitha also appeared in Rock Your Body, a dance/fitness DVD hosted by choreographer and creative director Jamie King who is known primarily for his work with Madonna.[42][44]

Napoleon and Tabitha appeared in the dance documentary MOVE.[5][45] The film is about dance as an art form and how notable choreographers were able to go from dancing as a hobby to dancing as a career. There are over fifty dance professionals who appear in this film including director and choreographer Kenny Ortega.

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