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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
In 2003, they joined the faculty of Monsters of Hip Hop dance convention.
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.