So You Think You Can Dance choreographers' Nappytabs in Noho

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BY PAULA HUMERICK

You take Pilates, or yoga, or cardio barre, and may have even braved a dance class. Alas, you’re still wearing dreary yoga pants and an uninspired tank top as you run to your next destination. You pray that no fashion police (or anyone you know) are nearby. As you duck in for lunch, the bank, or to get your headshots, you find yourself thinking ‘sure am glad I don’t have to deal with the paparazzi,’ which sparks a new thought…where do you get great clothes for dancing/stretching/moving, that will work for the street?

So You Think You Can Dance choreographers, Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, recently opened their flagship store in North Hollywood's arts district. Photo: Wikipedia

Problem solved. Those seeking great styles to bridge the range of their daily activities have a new place to find such attire: Nappytabs. Created by choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (best known for their work on “So You Think You Can Dance”), the urban clothing line, previously only available on-line and through retail partners, recently opened its flagship store on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood.

Nappytabs clothing is designed for dancers, by dancers, with the idea that the wearer may not always be able to change clothes between the studio and the rest of his or her destinations. “The idea was to create clothes that dancers would be comfortable wearing to a restaurant,” said Cyndi Dumo, “Our clothing is multi-functional.” But the comfort, style and design of the individual pieces make them attractive to a wider group than just dancers. Soft finishes, stretchy fabrics and tantalizing graphics make them irresistible to anyone who browses the store.

Want a hoodie with flair? Check out the halter-top version that begs to be layered with a signature tank top. Tired of your guy’s cargo or sweatpants? Here are pants to make men happily comfortable and still look great. The sale rack held a wonderful lightweight, stretchy, trench-style coat – perfect for over jeans or leggings.

The urban clothing line, previously only available on-line and through retail partners, recently opened its flagship store on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. Photo: Paula Humerick

Nappytabs also aims to be a resource for the NoHo Arts community. In addition to the array of sweats, hoodies and tees for sale, the store rents dance rehearsal space to individuals and groups. While they don’t envision having regular class offerings at the NoHo location (sorry folks, no classes with Napoleon and Tabitha here), the site provides a well-appointed space for those needing a dance floor, mirrors, sound system, and barre for private rehearsal purposes.

With so many ways to appeal to your inner artist, or find gifts for the ones you may know, there’s just one question left.

So, do you think you can dress like you can dance?

Nappytabs is located at 5152 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 Store hours are: Mon.-Sat. 11:00-9:00 p.m.,closed Sundays 818-505-3607 www.Nappytabs.com.Inquiries for rehearsal space rentals can be directed to rentals@nappytabs.com

The studio is available to rent.

Paula Humerick has worked for car dealerships, printers, art galleries, lobbyists, software developers, investment bankers and LAUSD.  She’s still deciding what she’s going to be when she grows up.

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