Napoleon D’umo

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Napoleon D’umo, born in New Jersey, United States, on September 11, 1973, is a married American choreographer. Discover the biography, age, height, physical stats, dating / affairs, family and career updates of Napoleon D’umo. Learn How rich is She and how does She spend money this year? Do you also know how she received much of her net worth at the age of 47?

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OccupationChoreographers, dance teachers, creative directors, entrepreneurs
Age47 years old
Zodiac SignVirgo
Born11 September 1973
Birthday11 September
BirthplaceNew Jersey, United States
NationalityUnited States

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PRiSM received positive reviews. Las Vegas Weekly wrote “Those who deride the art of pantomime or breakdancing need to check this show out. It will change your mind.” Las Vegas Sun (LVS) described the show as “a mix of great choreography, interesting storylines and special effects reminiscent of Electric Daisy Carnival…”. LVS wrote “It’s great to see a different kind of headliner — in content and ethnic makeup — thriving on the Strip.” Vegas Kool stated that the new theater “…is laid out [so] everyone has a great view of the stage.” Las Vegas Review-Journal (LVRJ) directly addressed Tabitha and Napoleon’s involvement in “…turning the Jabbawockeez brand into an oddly endearing mix of mime, modern dance and physical theater.”

Several reviewers noted that overall PRiSM is better than MÜS.I.C. LVRJ wrote “…it all seems to hang together better this time, with a seamless flow and unifying themes of brotherhood and diversity.” Dance Track Magazine wrote “Not only does the show have a much more intimate feel than previous Jabbawockeez shows, but PRiSM also includes increased audience participation, intensified humor and a storyline that is dramatic and flows through the entire performance.” had the same observation: “…the [previous] shows were plagued by lost opportunities, undeveloped ideas, and repetition. They seem to have corrected these shortcomings. ‘Prism’ is better in almost every way over its predecessors. The show has a cohesiveness that it never had before, good follow-through on ideas, and far more intriguing staging. The choreography is strong, varied, and doesn’t suffer the repetition that had invaded it previously.”


The beginning of 2015 marked a return to K-pop. They choreographed BoA’s “Kiss My Lips” and EXO’s “Call Me Baby” and “Monster”. Afterward, they directed and choreographed Mariah Carey’s Number 1’s residency at Caesars Palace hotel and re-choreographed Beatles Love at the Mirage Resort and Casino.


Later in the year, Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed TV specials. They choreographed the season seven premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s opening dance routine. Both DeGeneres and the top 10 dancers from So You Think You Can Dance season five performed. A routine commemorating dancing comprised Dancing With The Stars’ Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; So You Think You Can Dance’s Katee Shean and Mark Kanemura; and Quest Crew’s Quest Crew, the season three champion of America’s Best Dance Crew. They ended the year choreographing Carrie Underwood’s All-Star Holiday Special and Jennifer Lopez’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest performance.

In February 2014, Tabitha and Napoleon re-teamed with TVXQ to choreograph “Spellbound,” the album’s title track. Like Alpert’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” gave it a thumbs up: “With only two people, experimenting with different forms is limited. Instead of keeping the two members in the center, Nappytabs rotates the members in the foreground and background. This works nicely with one-shot technique since it allows the duo to work the entire set, on and off camera.” “The duo makes a compelling case for 2014’s greatest choreography in the [Spellbound] video,” said Tabitha and Napoleon also choreographed Super Junior-third M’s EP’s title tune “Swing.” They directed Derek and Julianne Hough’s Move Live on Tour for a short time.

In the video for “Harlem Hopscotch” from Maya Angelou’s posthumous poetry album Caged Bird Songs, they directed and choreographed. The video debuted on on December 23, 2014, and featured Derek Hough and Zendaya.

dance style

Lyrical dance is a studio-based dance style that combines jazz and ballet elements to express a story through movement. While technique is important in jazz and ballet, conveying emotion is equally important in lyrical dance. Hip-hop is a hard-hitting urban dance style involving isolations (moving certain body parts independently) and musicality (body’s sensitivity to changes in music). The dance is more about bravado and personal satisfaction than conveying emotion. This is a more fluid and interpretive variation of hip-hop.

It combines lyrical dance with hip-hop language and basic moves. The beat is interpreted differently in lyrical hip-hop than in regular hip-hop, according to Dance Spirit magazine. Like normal hip-hop, lyrical hip-hop has isolations, glides, and body waves. Like lyrical dance, the emphasis is on storytelling and conveying emotion via choreography.

Seasons 5 and 6 were less kind to Tabitha and Napoleon. Lythgoe reacted after a hip-hop routine choreographed by Shane Sparks during season five’s Top 8 performance. “It’s great to see Shane Sparks returning. He also brings… This year’s hip-hop has failed me.” Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed seven of the ten hip-hop dances (couples and groups) choreographed prior to Lythgoe’s comment. Aliens trying to dance hip-hop received the most major criticism during season six. The judges didn’t like it.

Routine placed concept

Lythgoe said the routine placed concept (theme) over substance (dancing). All the judges felt that the dance was weird and that the choreography was more to blame for the dancers’ performance than the dancing itself. Of the routine “Give it to me Right” that Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed on a later season six episode about two fraternizing office employees, wrote that many parts were awkward and that the dance only became enjoyable once the dancers “stopped cavorting around the desk and got out on the floor.” In contrast to the mediocre to bad reviews, two other routines they choreographed were picked as “Judges’ Favorite” during the season six finale: “Beggin'” (chosen by Lil’ C) and “I Can Transform Ya” (chosen by Mary Murphy).

Tabitha and Napoleon received their best reviews on SYTYCD during season seven after a performance they choreographed to the song “Outta Your Mind” by Lil Jon. called the routine “brilliantly imaginative.” Pioneer Local called it “powerful… It’s been so long since [Tabitha and Napoleon] have had a showstopping hip-hop number on SYTYCD. Not since Season 4 when they had Katee, Joshua, tWitch, Mark and Chelsie have they pulled out hip-hop this good.” The routine was performed by ballet dancer Alex Wong and “All-Star” hip-hop dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss from season four.

teaches a dancer

An artist (Alex) is taught to let go of his technique and inhibitions by a psychotherapist (tWitch). The audience and all three judges (Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, and Adam Shankman) gave tWitch and Alex standing ovations.

“I have never, ever heard a roar from a crowd like this,” said host Cat Deeley. Lythgoe named the idea “This is about a ballet dancer doing amazing hip-hop… I’m not sure why you’re not up for an Emmy with Napoleon and Tabitha next year. It’s one of the funniest and finest hip-hop routines we’ve ever had.” The Wall Street Journal disagreed, stating that while “Outta Your Mind” may be nominated for an Emmy, it is unlikely to win due to previous winners being poetic, emotive routines.

The reviews were good for the rest of the season. Lythgoe termed Tabitha and Napoleon’s “Scars” skit about furious clowns “beautiful,” while Michaels labeled it “hip-hop theater.” “Tabitha and Napoleon are on FIRE this season!” said Dance Spirit magazine. The Los Angeles Times agreed, calling season seven “Nappytabs’ best season.”

After their Top 3 performance episode, “”Nappytabs, what a season you’ve had, my God. It’s been home run after home run…” On the finale, Shankman called Tabitha and Napoleon “the season’s MVPs.” A judge selected four of their routines as “Judges’ Favorite” during the season seven finale telecast. Due to Alex Wong’s injury, “Outta Your Mind” was not a judge’s favorite. Instead, tWitch and Ellen DeGeneres sang it as a tribute to Alex right before Lauren Froderman was crowned season seven’s winner.


In April 2013, Tabitha and Napoleon choreographed the music video “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Herb Alpert. Two months later, they recreated the video on SYTYCD as the opening routine for season ten’s Top 20 performance episode. Yahoo! Music called the performance “absolutely epic”. Like the video, it was also shot in one take and several people made cameo appearances including Sean Cheesman, Travis Wall, Chris Scott, Mary Murphy, Jason Gilkison, Nigel Lythgoe, Herb Alpert, Lani Hall, and Tabitha and Napoleon themselves.

The JabbaWockeeZ second stage show PRiSM opened at the Luxor Las Vegas on May 31, 2013. 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.

Move was released

Make Your Move was released in South Korea and the United States in April 2013. 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.” wrote “The dance teams and performances are enough to dominate the scenes, and definitely deserve a look.

They bring forth the unique charm of watching a dance movie.” stated “‘Make Your Move’ rests on the success of its various dance sequences, not its plot. 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.” The Hollywood Reporter said “The Romeo and Juliet-inspired plotline basically serves as a framing device allowing the opportunity for a plethora of exuberant dance sequences that particularly show off Hough’s considerable talent.”

Primetime Emmy Awards

Tabitha and Napoleon have won two Emmys from a total of four nominations. At the 2013 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. 2013 was the first year the Outstanding Choreography award was presented at the Primetime Emmys telecast rather than at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony which takes place a week prior.

In 2013, they worked with the Jabbawockeez again on a music video to the song “Celebrate” by Empire of the Sun and Tommy Trash. The music video also featured Les Twins, 8 Flavahz, and Harry Shum, Jr. and was used to raise money for a Coke (RED) campaign to decrease the number of HIV-infected newborns and raise awareness about AIDS. For Veterans Day 2013, they choreographed a military themed performance for the Homeward Bound Telethon that aired live on the Military Channel. The purpose of the telethon was to raise money for veterans who suffer from TBI and PTSD.


Tabitha and Napoleon spent the beginning of 2012 apart. While Tabitha was choreographing Madonna’s halftime performance for Super Bowl XLVI, Napoleon was shooting more scenes for Make Your Move and scouting for the seventh season of America’s Best Dance Crew. Although they never returned to America’s Best Dance Crew as supervising choreographers, they did return in season eight as co-executive producers After the Super Bowl, Tabitha worked with Madonna again. She choreographed her music video “Girl Gone Wild” which featured all-male Ukrainian dance troupe Kazaky. During the last months of the year, Tabitha and Napoleon continued to work with K-pop artists. They choreographed the music videos “Humanoids” by TVXQ and “I Got A Boy” by Girls’ Generation. TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, and BoA are all signed to S. M. Entertainment.

After Jupiters

In April 2012, the Jabbawockeez began running two MÜS.I.C. shows in tandem. Some members stayed with the flagship show in Las Vegas while the others took the show on limited residencies elsewhere. Their first residency outside Las Vegas was in Australia at the Jupiters Hotel and Casino in Gold Coast, Queensland. Gold Coast Magazine gave the show a good review describing it as “magical… it truly does stir an emotional response through your soul and the combination of dance and drama make it appealing to all ages.”

After leaving Jupiters, the Jabbawockeez took up a second month-long residency in August 2012 at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City casino in New Jersey. gave it a lukewarm review: “The problem is that as good as Jabbawockeez is at what [they do], the novelty wears off about a third-way through the show… the bulk of the performance pretty much offers little more than variations on a theme.

As such, Jabbawockeez would have much more impact as a featured act in a variety show than it has on its own.” The members that stayed in Las Vegas temporarily moved into an 800-seat tent outside the Monte Carlo to continue their show. reviewed the tent show and called it “an entertaining, fun, and interactive performance show.” They performed in the tent from June 2012 through September 2012 with the understanding they would take up residence in the Luxor Las Vegas hotel and casino in the Spring of 2013.

In 2012, they taught classes at “The JabbaWockeez Experience” held at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas. The event raised money for the Monsters on the Move Foundation which grants scholarships to aspiring dancers.


For Jasmine Villegas’ song “All These Boys,” Tabitha and Napoleon directed their first music video in February 2011. The choreographers, unlike John Gillette’s “All Bad”, did not dance or appear in the video. In the spring, they worked on two projects for television. The two joined the American Idol production crew as stage and creative directors for season ten at Nigel Lythgoe’s suggestion. After American Idol on March 31, 2011, they choreographed the Howie Mandel-produced TV program Mobbed However, after 10.8 million views, the pilot episode was made into a series.


With Derek Hough from Dancing With the Stars and K-pop artist BoA Kwon, they began development on the film Make Your Move in April 2011. On top of that, they choreographed the music video for BoA’s seventh studio album’s title tune, “Only One.” A lyrical hip-hop fit the song’s tempo and BoA’s movement perfectly, according to SeoulBeats.

No Tabitha and Napoleon for season six due to schedule difficulties with Make Your Move. Soleil hired them as two of ten choreographers for Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour after the filming was completed. Jamie King directed this one like he has others. After announcing Tabitha’s pregnancy on their Twitter page, Napoleon changed their Christmas 2011.

Weekly E.V.
“25 Best Performances Ever” on So You Think You Can Dance compiled by Entertainment Weekly in 2011. Tabitha and Napoleon did four of the routines.


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 Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance. By 2015, they had choreographed several K-pop music videos for artists such as TVXQ, EXO, and BoA. Aside from their choreography, creative direction, and dancewear line, Tabitha and Napoleon continue to teach hip-hop classes at dance studios and on the convention circuit. They have also been involved with charity work for organizations that support the arts.

In 2010, Tabitha and Napoleon returned to So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) for season seven and started to work with four different productions of Cirque du Soleil. In February, they provided choreography for Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis show at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas. They also choreographed a Viva Elvis guest appearance on Dancing with the Stars.

The JabbaWockeeZ performed the show MÜS.I.C. from May 2010 to September 2012. 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 830-seat theater in a space that used to house a motion-simulator ride. Upon opening, PRiSM was met with positive reviews. Tabitha and Napoleon directed both shows.

At the MGM Grand Las Vegas hotel and casino

The first run of MÜS.I.C. was held at the MGM Grand Las Vegas hotel and casino. Las Vegas Weekly wrote that MÜS.I.C. had “game-changing potential” because it was the first time hip-hop dance had headlined a show on the Las Vegas Strip. In contrast, the Las Vegas Review-Journal (LVRJ) criticized the show for being repetitious and for having a bare stage for the first 20 minutes.

LVRJ also criticized the use of masks as not appealing to a casual viewer because it inhibited the dancers’ personality: “Even if a generational split is in play here, it would be tough to hear the creators argue that the show would suffer if, after 20 minutes or so — gasp! — makeup or clown-face replaced the masks to expand the original concept.” In October 2010, the show moved to the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Changes to the original show included a bigger stage, a new set, and added dance routines. called the new show “amazing” and described it as “a vibrant, frenetic and multi-genre extravaganza of visuals, sound and movement.”


During Tabitha and Napoleon’s first season of SYTYCD, lyrical hip-hop gained prominence (season four). Katee Shean and Joshua Allen performed a D’umo choreographed lyrical hip-hop piece to Jordin Sparks’ “No Air” in the first performance episode. This performance was a “Judges’ Favorite” and was performed again during the finals by judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. said the routine deserved an Emmy.

“Bleeding Love”, a lyrical hip-hop performance performed by Mark Kanemura and Chelsie Hightower, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The San Francisco Gate termed it “a fantastic drama by hip-hop choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo, danced with chemistry and theatrical flair.” Choreographer and judge Christopher “Lil’ C” Toler chose this as a “Judges’ Favorite.” selected “No Air” and “Bleeding Love” two of the ten finest SYTYCD routines in June 2010. While “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia Keys did not earn the same critical acclaim as “Bleeding Love” and “No Air,” Nigel Lythgoe admitted in his feedback on the dance that it was the first time he had been emotionally impacted by hip-hop routines.

Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Tabitha and Napoleon organized an online dancewear fundraising for a week. The money was donated to Artists for Peace and Justice, who donated it all to humanitarian assistance efforts. They also donated Nappytabs goods to Art4Life’s silent auction to help the American Cancer Society.


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”. “Bleeding Love” was nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography. After the season ended, Tabitha and Napoleon directed the 2008 So You Think You Can Dance Tour. They continued creative directing several other concerts throughout the remainder of the year.

The Nappytabs dancewear website opened in January 2009, launching online garment sales. Ryan Cyphert’s 3nine Design media company built and maintained their first website. Cyphert is a professional dancer and Tabitha and Napoleon’s friend. They were all teaching the Shock the Intensive dance convention when the website began.

Dancers on So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, and Dancing With the Stars were already wearing Tabitha and Napoleon’s apparel line during rehearsals. Some sponsors objected and wanted the Nappytabs logo covered. As a result, judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe began calling Tabitha and Napoleon “Nappytabs” on the show, directing viewers to their store’s website.

A group dance for SYTYCD Australia’s second season

In April 2009, Tabitha and Napoleon created two pair routines and a group dance for SYTYCD Australia. Both teams received tremendous accolades from the judges, but their “Dead and Gone” lyrical hip-hop routine received the most applause. In Bonnie Lythgoe’s words, And it was “the series’ best routine,” according to both Jason Coleman and Matt Lee. They were judges for the 2009 Australian Hip Hop Championships in Sydney.

In WOD, a TV show based on a hip-hop dance competition, T&N co-executive produce and supervise choreographers. Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions has been a long-standing working connection. Lopez’s 2009 AMA performance was choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. All I Have residencies at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in 2014 and 2016. Tabitha and Napoleon first met WOD in 2014 in Los Angeles. Britney: Domination, Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency, was on hold while she cared for her father.

Tabitha and Napoleon have volunteered for many causes. Earlier this year, they marched alongside Wounded Warriors Project, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs. Season four SYTYCD contestants Katie Shean and Joshua Allen performed a D’umo choreographed “No Air” lyrical hip-hop routine.


In 2008, they joined ABDC and SYTYCD. They followed up with lyrical hip-hop choreography. Direction of Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez tours. In 2010, they created a physical dancewear store.

In 2008, Tabitha and Napoleon worked on America’s Best Dance Crew. Crews required help choreographing and practicing group dances. It was a 2008 hit. They taught wedding groups and couples to dance. They’d never danced. They choreographed and judged in Season 4 of SYTYCD. This performance showcased their lyrical hip-hop choreography.

Season four introduced lyrical hip-hop. It was called after Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo’s “Bleeding Love” dance by choreographer Adam Shankman. Their work on seasons 4–7 credits Tabitha and Napoleon with creating this aesthetic.


In 2005, Tabitha and Napoleon started Nappytabs dancewear. They cite the lack of appropriate dancewear for the hip-hop dance community as inspiration for the company. Early in its production, Tabitha sewed the clothes herself. The Nappytabs logo began as a yin and yang like symbol with an “n” and a “t” overlapping in the middle. The word itself—Nappytabs—is a combination of Napoleon (Nappy) and Tabitha’s (Tab) nicknames. 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.


Their move from dancing into choreography occurred gradually. Jobs included choreographing performances for NFL and NBA dance teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, and Orlando Magic. In November 2002, they made the cover of Dance Spirit magazine. They were profiled with seven other choreographers and interviewed about what it takes to make it as a dancer in Los Angeles. In 2003, Napoleon started teaching classes with Monsters of Hip Hop dance convention. Tabitha joined him later and they are still permanent faculty members to this day.


Tabitha and Napoleon began creative directing stage shows and concerts in the mid-2000s. In 2006, they served as assistant directors for Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics Tour. In 2007, they were also assistant directors for Ricky Martin’s Black and White Tour. Both tours were directed by Jamie King who is known primarily for his work with Madonna.


Tabitha and Napoleon were married April 19, 1998. In 1999, they moved to Los Angeles to expand their opportunities. Upon arriving in L.A., they taught hip-hop classes at the Edge Performing Arts Center. They found extra work as back-up dancers for Beyoncé, Toni Braxton, Missy Elliott, Monica, Timbaland, Sisqó, and Destiny’s Child whom they went on tour with in 2002.


Tabitha A. D’umo (née Cortopassi) and Napoleon Buddy D’umo, known together as Nappytabs, are Emmy Award-winning married choreographers who are often credited with developing lyrical hip-hop. They are best known for their choreography on the television show So You Think You Can Dance and for being supervising choreographers and executive producers of America’s Best Dance Crew. Since being with the former, their choreography has received both praise and criticism. They own Nappytabs urban dancewear and have been working in the dance industry since 1996.


While hanging out with her cheerleading and dance team friends, Tabitha invited Napoleon and his body building friends to come to a casual practice session and do stunt work with them. 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. Tabitha and Napoleon started dating in 1994, but their professional partnership and dance career did not start until 1996 when they began teaching hip-hop classes together at the Las Vegas Athletic Club. Since the beginning of their career, they have always worked together including their first choreography job and the first dance class they taught.


Tabitha grew up as an only child in Galloway Township, New Jersey. Her mother enrolled her in jazz dance classes when she was young. Since there were no hip-hop classes, Tabitha learned by watching music videos and participating in her school’s cheer and dance teams. She cites Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Paula Abdul as influences. While cheerleading at Absegami High School, Tabitha earned “All-American” status at an NCA camp and got the opportunity to perform in the Aloha Bowl in Hawaii. After Tabitha graduated, she moved to Nevada in 1991 to attend UNLV where she majored in communications and started taking formal hip-hop dance classes. It was there at a party that she met Napoleon.


Tabitha and Napoleon grew up on opposite coasts of the United States and met in the early 1990s as students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They began their dance career together while still in college by choreographing industrial musicals for large corporations with the hip-hop dance company Culture Shock. 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. In 2003, they joined the faculty of Monsters of Hip Hop dance convention.


Napoleon was raised in Victorville, California as one of three siblings. He learned b-boying, 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. After Napoleon graduated from Apple Valley High School, he joined the army and worked as a surgeon’s assistant while stationed in Germany. Once discharged, he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he majored in molecular biology and started taking jazz and modern dance classes.