Nathan Trice, artistic director/founder

Nathan Trice is the Artistic Director/Founder of nathantrice/RITUALS project-by-project dance theater based in New York City. Originally from Detroit, MI Nathan began his training in 1988 under the strict 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. Military Naval service. Upon completion of his Naval contract, he was accepted into the Alvin Ailey certificate program. Since completing the certificate program Nathan has worked with MOMIX, Complexions, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Kevin Iega Jeff, Donald Byrd/The Group, danzaiza, Burnt Sugar Arkistra, Forces of Nature Dance Co., his own group (nathantrice/RITUALS dance theater), and continues to freelance with an array of artists. While working with other artists, Nathan has continued to travel throughout the United States and abroad for the past 15 years conducting residencies, master classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances. For the past 8 years, Nathan has continued to serve as professor of dance at Long Island University’s dance department in Brooklyn New York. Mr. Trice has continued to receive commissions from the Ailey II Company, Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Herman Lavern Theater Group, Bermuda Dance Company, The Harkness Dance Festival, Aaron Davis Hall E-moves Festival, DNA’S In The Company of MEN and Numerous Universities, colleges and Performing Arts High schools.



Project Manager, Jasmine Gobourne

Jasmine Gobourne is from New York City and grew up on Long Island. She’s trained at Long Island High School for the Arts and attended Marymount Manhattan College BFA program and The Ailey Certificate program. She has performed works by Chase Brock, Maxime Steinman, Cherice Barton. Later, Nathan Trice, Christian Von Howard, Nicholas Villeneuve, Stephanie Batten Bland, Ellenore Scott, Jacinta Vlach, Hollie Wright, Ronni Favors, Matthew Rushing and Renee Robinson. She has performed at City Center in 2015 with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Summer Intensives include: The Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Martha Graham, nathantrice/RITUALS, Jennifer Archibald. Professionally, She has performed at City Center in 2015 with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Armada Dance (2016/17) and ARIM Dance (2017). She is currently a company member for nathantrice/RITUALS Dance Theater (2016/17) as well as Forces of Nature Dance Theater, in which she joined in 2017.

Ryoji Sasamoto, dancer

Originally from Chiba Prefecture in Japan, Ryoji Sasamoto has performed with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Makiko Tamura/small apple co., KEIGWIN+COMPANY, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Alexandra Beller/Dances, his own company and continues to freelance with an array of artists. As part of Nathan Trice/RITUALS dance theater and Makiko Tamura/ small apple co., Ryoji has performed and taught Contemporary and Hip Hop classes, as well as, assisted in setting work nationally and internationally. Ryoji was taught as a guest teacher of the contemporary class in Tokyo and New York since 2008. Ryoji was chosen as “one of 25 to watch” from the dance magazine in 2011. This is his sixth year to work with Nathan Trice/RITUALS.


Makiko Tamura, dancer

As the founder and artistic director of small apple co., Makiko Tamura is the recipient of the first-place prize in The A.W.A.R.D Show! 2009: NYC presented by The Joyce Theater Foundation and the third-place prize in Festival Twenty Ten DanceNOW Challenge 2010 at Dance Theater Workshop. Tamura graduated from Japan Women’s Junior College of Physical Education and then graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music in Tokyo, Japan. She was an annual special guest choreographer/dancer of The Dance Satellite Lecture at Yamaguchi University Faculty of Education from 2004-2009. Tamura moved to the U.S.A. in 2007 and since then, she has worked with Nathan Trice/ RITUALS, Vanessa Justice Dance, Ellis Wood Dance and various other NYC artists. Her works have been presented in newsteps choreographer’s series 2008/2010 at Chen Dance Center, Danspace Project Food For Thought 2009 at St. Mark’s Church, RAW Material Fall 2009 and SPLICE: Japan│Artists in Residence 10-11 at Dance New Amsterdam, Family Matters and Fresh Tracks 2010 at Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y Presents Fridays at Noon, DanceNOW 2011 at Joe’s Pub, Movement Research at Judson Church and other NYC venues. small apple co. will be presenting an evening-length show at Joyce SoHo on July 13-15, 2012. Makiko looks forward to performing in her fourth season with Nathan Trice/RITUALS.