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.
It was on this show that their lyrical hip-hop choreography style gained mainstream exposure.
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.
In April 2009, Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed two couples' routines and a group routine for the second season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
It was on the later show that their lyrical hip-hop choreography style gained exposure.
The pair's career progressed to providing creative direction for tours and live events by Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Lopez. 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.
Lyrical hip-hop is a fluid and more interpretive version of standard hip-hop often danced to downtempo rap music or R&B music.
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".
They teamed up with Jamie King again and served as assistant directors for Celine Dion's Taking Chances Tour.
and America's Best Dance Crew Live which featured dance crews Jabba Wockee Z, Super Cr3w, Fanny Pak, ASIID, and Breaksk8. gave the concert a positive review stating that the five crews represented a good mix of styles and that the concert brought the best parts of the show to the stage.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1999, they started teaching hip-hop classes at the Edge Performing Arts Center.
They took additional jobs choreographing for professional sports dance teams and back-up dancing for musical artists.
D'umo (née Cortopassi; born September 11, 1973) and Napoleon Buddy D'umo (born October 17, 1968), known together as Nappytabs, are Emmy Award-winning married choreographers who are often credited with developing lyrical hip-hop.