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.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.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.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.
From television and concerts, their move into theater occurred gradually. By 2015, they had choreographed several K-pop music videos for artists such as TVXQ, EXO, and Bo A.
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.
Their move from dancing into choreography occurred gradually.
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.