RIE MATSUURA started ballet at 4 years old at Jun Ballet Gakuen in Japan. In 2011, she received scholarships with Houston Ballet Academy and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for summer intensive program at Japan Grand Prix 2011. Rie won 2nd place in the Professional Senior Category at Ballet Competition in Nagoya in 2012 and also won numerous other prizes at the competition in Japan.
In 2012, she moved to the United States and continued training at Houston Ballet Academy for 2 years. During her training there, she won 1st place in the Senior Classical Ballet Category at the Youth America Grand Prix 2014 Houston Semi-Finals. There she received a scholarship with Orlando Ballet and with Ballet West at the Youth America Grand Prix 2014 New York Finals. In 2014, she joined Orlando Ballet’s second company, and continued training there for 2 years. In 2017, she moved to Atlanta Ballet’s second company, and had the opportunity to perform Belle in Bruce Wells’ world premiere of Beauty and the Beast. She has worked with Tina Bohnstedt, Craig Davidson, John McFall, Yuri Possokhov, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. During her training, she attended summer intensive programs at Houston Ballet Academy, Orlando Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater.
In 2018, Rie joined Columbia Classical Ballet as a principal, and performed Gulnarein Le Corsaire, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, and SnowWhite in Snow White. She danced with Texas Ballet Theater from 2019 to 2021.