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Life and career[ edit ] — Early life and education[ edit ] Napoleon was born October 17, He was raised in Victorville, California  as one of three siblings. Electric Boogaloo in Napoleon and his friends eventually attended a formal practice session on campus, and the cheerleading coach was so impressed with their work that they all received full scholarships to join the team. Early career, dancewear, and creative directing[ edit ] While Tabitha and Napoleon were still in college, they were accepted into the dance company Culture Shock where they met members of the JabbaWockeeZ before the JabbaWockeeZ became a crew. In , they moved to Los Angeles to expand their opportunities. They were profiled with seven other choreographers and interviewed about what it takes to make it as a dancer in Los Angeles. In , Tabitha and Napoleon started Nappytabs dancewear. They cite the lack of appropriate dancewear for the hip-hop dance community as inspiration for the company. Contrary to popular belief, the name 'Nappytabs' started as their clothing line first. They did not call themselves Nappytabs, and the word being a nickname to refer to both of them did not start until they became choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance. Dance shows and mainstream exposure[ edit ] Tabitha and Napoleon became supervising choreographers for the inaugural season of America's Best Dance Crew in The participants were real life couples with no dance experience. The term itself was coined by choreographer and producer Adam Shankman in reference to a routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon to Leona Lewis ' song " Bleeding Love ". At the time the website launched they all were faculty members at Shock the Intensive dance convention. Some of the sponsors were not happy about it and wanted to cover the Nappytabs logo on the clothing. In response to this, judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe decided to start calling Tabitha and Napoleon "Nappytabs" during the show so that viewers who looked them up on Google would find their store's website. The " Arab Money " hip-hop routine they choreographed received positive reviews from the judges but their " Dead and Gone " lyrical hip-hop routine, which was performed later on the same episode, received the most praise. Bonnie Lythgoe called it the "top routine of the night". Aside from choreography, Tabitha and Napoleon continued to develop and expand their dancewear line. Tabitha was a featured dancer in the video and Napoleon made a cameo appearance at the end. At the invitation of Nigel Lythgoe, they joined the production crew on the tenth season of American Idol as staging and creative directors,  a position they continued to hold for season The Immortal World Tour. Music videos, K-pop, and Las Vegas residencies[ edit ] Tabitha and Napoleon spent the beginning of apart. She choreographed her music video " Girl Gone Wild " which featured all-male Ukrainian dance troupe Kazaky. Music called the performance "absolutely epic". However, Nappytabs tends to utilize this formation for TVXQ — rotating the members in the foreground and background, instead of always keeping the two in the centre. And this works especially well with the one-shot style, since it allows room for the duo to work the entire space on set, on and off-camera. The video premiered December 23, , on Oprah. World of Dance[ edit ] Tabitha and Napoleon serve as co-executive producers and supervising choreographers for World of Dance WOD , a television show based off the hip-hop dance competition of the same name. For example, on America's Best Dance Crew all of the group routines they choreographed were hip-hop. Lyrical hip-hop[ edit ] Lyrical dance is a studio-based dance style that uses a combination of classical dance techniques from jazz and ballet to tell a story through movement. Hip-hop can incorporate movement from its substyles locking , breaking, popping , and boogaloo to add a different movement quality but conveying emotion does not have to be present as the dance is more about bravado and personal enjoyment. Lyrical hip-hop is a fluid and more interpretive version of standard hip-hop. It combines the nuances of lyrical dance with the vocabulary and foundational movements found in hip-hop. According to Dance Spirit magazine, what differentiates lyrical hip-hop from standard hip-hop is that dancers interpret the beat differently. However, the movements are smoother and more fluid rather than hard-hitting and, like lyrical dance, emphasis is placed on storytelling and conveying emotion through the choreography. It shows you that hip-hop [has] completely become a really legitimate beautiful genre in and of its own and you can tell such beautiful and heart breaking stories. The term itself is credited to Adam Shankman , a choreographer and judge on the program, who made a comment in reference to a routine choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo to Leona Lewis' song " Bleeding Love ". From a purist perspective, dancing to the lyrics would make the choreography linear and too technical. Traditionally in hip-hop, dancing to the beat is essential; lyrics can accent the movement, but the beat is the guiding force for the dancing. They have stated that teaching helps their choreography because it keeps them current on new hip-hop social dances party dances. Over the course of their two-year run, the show received mixed reviews. For their second show PRiSM they signed a six-year deal which included building a new seat theater in a space that used to house a motion-simulator ride. Tabitha and Napoleon directed both shows. Changes to the original show included a bigger stage, a new set, and added dance routines. Some members stayed with the flagship show in Las Vegas while the others took the show on limited residencies elsewhere. As such, Jabbawockeez would have much more impact as a featured act in a variety show than it has on its own. The show's original title was Nonsense a nod to the crew's name because, at the time, they lacked a cohesive theme. However, it was Napoleon's idea to change the title to PRiSM since there are seven crew members and when light goes into a prism , seven colors emerge the Luxor hotel is in the shape of a triangular prism. From that point on, unity and color became the themes of the show  and the title was given the backronym Painting Reality in a Spectrum of Movement. Las Vegas Weekly wrote "Those who deride the art of pantomime or breakdancing need to check this show out. It will change your mind. They seem to have corrected these shortcomings. The show has a cohesiveness that it never had before, good follow-through on ideas, and far more intriguing staging. Over the course of their involvement with the show, they have received mixed reviews. At worst, their choreography has been criticized as "softie hip-hop more like 'hip-pop' ". It was beautiful and I totally saw the story. I played it times. On the first performance episode, contestants Katee Shean and Joshua Allen performed a D'umo choreographed lyrical hip-hop piece to the song " No Air " by Jordin Sparks. This routine received positive reviews and was later chosen as a "Judges' Favorite" by judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe to be performed again during the finale. During season five's Top 8 performance episode, Lythgoe commented after a hip-hop routine choreographed by Shane Sparks "It's wonderful to have Shane Sparks back this season. He brings something else I've been a little disappointed with our hip-hop this year. The most significant criticism came during season six in response to " People are Strange "—a routine about how aliens would attempt to dance hip-hop. None of the judges liked the routine. Lythgoe said the routine placed concept theme over substance dancing. The concept is about a psychologist tWitch who teaches a dancer Alex to let go of his technique and inhibitions and just dance. This is about a ballet dancer doing the most incredible hip-hop If this routine and you are not up for an Emmy with Napoleon and Tabitha next year, I don't know why not. It's probably one of the funnest, best hip-hop routines we've ever had on this show. On a later episode, Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed a lyrical hip-hop routine to Alicia Keys debut single " Fallin' ". Of the dance, judge Mia Michaels stated "That to me felt more real than any contemporary piece, honestly, because it came from such a raw raw space and place. That was absolutely unbelievable, and it was like watching a dance film. Of Tabitha and Napoleon's " Scars " routine about angry clowns, Lythgoe called the piece "stunning" and Michaels described it as "hip-hop theater". It's been like home run after home run after home run Instead, it was performed by tWitch and special guest Ellen DeGeneres as a tribute to Alex just before Lauren Froderman was declared the winner of season seven. Early in the season, Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed a lyrical hip-hop routine " Coming Home " about a veteran coming back to his wife after returning from his deployment. The routine generated positive while emotional responses causing both guest judge Debbie Reynolds and resident judge Mary Murphy to cry while giving feedback. Although Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed two of them, she criticized their work while giving feedback on all three. She indirectly criticized them after a lyrical hip-hop piece choreographed by Marty Kudelka in which she referred to the dance style as "dated". Several props including trash cans, rags, and brooms were used in the second routine " Bad Boys for Life " about waste management workers. Aside from disliking the props, she described their hip-hop choreography for "Bad Boys for Life" as " contrived ". With the exception of a make-out scene the choreography was generally praised among critics. The Washington Post stated "Although the bit of bedroom footwork was more laugh-inducing than anything, some of the dancing really is spectacular. Scenes from the competing clubs include impressive choreography and gravity-defying moves. They bring forth the unique charm of watching a dance movie. And the dancing here is exciting, innovative, and specific. Each 'number' has a story behind it, a motivation, a different look and feel I could have lived without the choreographed literally foreplay scene, as they dance their way to the bed, but there are other dance sequences between the two where their chemistry vibrates off the screen. At the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, they joined the other choreography nominees and created a routine honoring dance that was performed just before the Outstanding Choreography award was presented.
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