(courtesy of Napoleon D’umo’s Facebook)
Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo are Emmy Award winning (for choreography) married choreographers who are ofen credited with developing the new style of hip-hop dance known as lyrical hip-hop. Their work was introduced to mainstream audiences in 2008 when they became supervising choreographers on America’s Best Dance Crew and resident choreographers on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. It was on the later show that their lyrical hip-hop style gained exposure. The pair’s career progressed to providing creative direction for tours and live events, where they worked with Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Celine Dion, Kanye West, and Jennifer Lopez. Tabitha was also the principal choreographer for Madonna’s 2012 Superbowl Halftime Show.
From television and concerts, their move into theater occurred gradually. In 2010, they directed the JabbaWockeeZ’s ‘MÜS.I.C.’ stage show and began to work with Cirque du Soleil; they choreographed ‘Viva ELVIS’ and were contributing choreographers for ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’. They continued to establish themselves in television as choreographers for the flash-mob themed reality show ‘MOBBED’ and for the 2012 remake of the sketch comedy series ‘In Living Color’. NappyTabs are also the creative directors for ‘The X-Factor’ and ‘American Idol’ in 2011-2012.
NappyTabs also have a successful urban dancewear line “NappyTabs”. Aside from their choreography, creative direction, and dancewear line, Tabitha and Napoleon continue to teach hip-hop classes at both dance studios and on the convention circuit. They have also been involved with charity work for organizations that support the arts.
Official website: www.nappytabs.com