Originally from Detroit, MI, Trice began his training in 1988 under the direction of Aulani Chun in San Diego, CA at Mesa College. While training, he simultaneously completed his remaining two years of a four-and-a-half year contract with the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his Naval contract, he was accepted into the Alvin Ailey Certificate Program in 1991. Since completing the program in 1993, Trice spent the following six years as a featured artist with MOMIX, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Kevin Iega Jeff, Donald Byrd/The Group and Forces of Nature Dance Company. During that period, Trice developed and began presenting his own choreographic work while simultaneously establishing his teaching philosophy, style and technique.
In 1998, Trice created nathantrice/RITUALS Project-by-Project Dance Theater as a means to share his own artistic vision. He and his company have toured throughout the United States, Bermuda, Aruba, Japan, Argentina and Hong Kong. Over the past fourteen years, the company has performed in some of the most prestigious festivals, including Summer Stage, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Festival in the world, including City Center Fall For Dance, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors, E-Moves Gatehouse Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Judson Memorial Church’s DADD series, Danspace Project, (IABD) International Association of Blacks in Dance, Hiroshima City Museum, Dance New Amsterdam’s (DNA) In The Company of Men, Aruba Festival and The Hong Kong Hip Hop Festival.
As an educator, Trice has taught his technique and brand of movement, given master classes, conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations and has choreographed for over 30 universities, colleges and performing arts high schools. He has been on faculty at Long Island University dance department in Brooklyn New York for over 10 years, and continues to be one of the most sought after teaching artists in the academic dance world as well as in the professional dance studios nationally and internationally for the past 18 years.
Nathan was the inaugurating artist for the guest artist residency program of the dance department at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts for four consecutive years. He is the recipient of the Restoration Youth Arts Academy Recognition Award as well and is currently in residency at the academy. He is the recipient of the Maggie Allesee Copperfoot Award at Wayne State University, and has been commissioned by numerous actors and singers, the Alvin Ailey organization, Dallas Black Dance Theater, DNA’s In the Company Of Men, The Hearman LaVern Theater Group, Bermuda Dance Company and the New School for Social Research.