Fil-Spanish choreographer, wife win Creative Arts Emmy award

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Aug 18 2014 07:43 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2014 03:43 AM

HOLLYWOOD - Filipino-Spanish-American choreographer Napoleon D'umo and his wife Tabitha won the Outstanding Choreography award at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

It was a family affair for the D'umos, who walked the red carpet with their young son London.

The pair won for their choreography work in "So You Think You Can Dance," besting other veterans such as Derek Hough of "Dancing with the Stars" and their "So You Think You Can Dance" colleague Christopher Scott.

Napoleon has always credited his Filipino heritage for his dancing talent. His father was originally from Baguio.

"They're world-class. I've known them before I was choreographing so for me, I'm just a fanboy. Every time we work together or we're on the show together, I just try to soak in that they can tell me," Scott said.

Napoleon and Tabitha credit "So You Think You Can Dance" for helping their career.The show is now on its 11th season.

"We do a lot of other television shows, producing and creative directing. We just started a big film called 'All Summer Long.' Huge movie musical using all the Beach Boys music and in some scenes there's some 350 dancers," Napoleon said.

Several TV and movie stars like Jon Voight, Ian Somerhalder and Joseph Gordon Levitt attended the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which primarily honors the outstanding work people behind the scenes.

"In our show 'Masters of Sex,' Ane Crabtree does the costumes and that's the first thing you look at and appreciate when you first see a scene. She's greatly responsible for the success our shows have," actor Beau Bridges said.