Of Japanese origin, Rio Minami was born in Osaka. She trained in a private classical dance school in Japan and then joined the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris from 2015 to 2020. She danced in particular The Vertiginous Thrill of Accuracy by William Forsythe and the creation of Fabio Lopez. She then joined the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse in 2019 (CDD) and danced La Suite en blanc, and Les Mirages by Serge Lifar (corps de ballet) and les willis in Giselle by Kader Belarbi.

She enters the Ballet de l'OnR in the summer of 2020