She was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France.
At the age of 16, Isabelle won the First Prize from the Paris Conservatoire and entered the Paris Opera Ballet School . After graduating the School in 1990 she joined the Paris Opera Ballet and was promoted to Première Danseuse (Principal Dancer) in 2003.
After a First Prize from the Paris Conservatoire in Paris in 1988, Isabelle Ciaravola, entered in second division, the Paris Opera Dance School directed by Claude Bessy. She pursued her studies for two years, is engaged in the Opera Ballet Corp in 1990 and promoted to “Coryphée” in 1993.
She took part in numerous repertory productions that the company presents in France as well as abroad (Japan, the United States, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Italy, Spain, China. Giselle (by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), Swan Lake (Vladimir Bourmeister), Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake (Rudolf Nureyev), La Sylphide (Pierre Lacotte), Coppélia (Patrice Bart) and again Etudes (Herald Lander), The Four Temperaments, Agon (George Balanchine), Suite en blanc (Serge Lifar), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (John Neumeier)
She also dances in the ballets The Rite of Spring and Till Eulenspiegel (both by Vaslav Nijinski, put together by Kenneth Archer and Millicent Hodson), in Bronislava Nijiska’s Les Noces and the creation of Le Parc (Angelin Preljocaj).
In the « Young Dancers’ Soirées » of the Opera Ballet, Isabelle Ciaravola interprets the pas de six of Napoli (August Bournoville), the pas de deux of Rudolf Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty (Moscow -1991), as well as Papillon of Pierre Lacotte (Palais Garnier-1992).
Promoted to « Sujet » (soloist) in 2000, she has subsequently added to her repertoire various solo roles in The Nutcracker (the arabian soloists), La Bayadère (first variation), Romeo and Juliet (Rosaline), Don Quixote (The Queen of the Dryads) and Swan Lake (the Dance of the Swans) – some productions by Rudolf Nureyev; Jiri Kyliàn’s Stepping Stones and Bella Figura, George Balanchine’s Jewels/Emeralds (the first pas de deux).
She is also given a part by Pierre Lacotte in Paquita (the role of Doña Serafina), by Roland Petit in Clavigo (the role of the Foreigner) and Passacaille and participates in the creation of La Petite Danseuse de Degas (Patrice Bart -2003).
Isabelle Ciaravola was promoted to Première Danseuse (Principal Dancer) 23 December 2003, following the annual internal auditions of the Opera Ballet.
Since September 2003, she has danced in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Libeslieder Walzer, in La Septième Lune (Davide Bombana) and Suite en blanc (Serge Lifar), l’adage and la flûte. In July 2004, she played the principal role in La Sylphide (Pierre Lacotte). In September 2004, she danced the pas de deux of Glass Pieces (Jérome Robbins). In 2005, she is one of the sisters in Nureyev’s Cendrillon (Cinderella), then Vivette in Roland Petit’s L’Arlésienne, and ‘l’Etoile’ in Patrice Bart’s La Petite Danseuse de Degas. In 2006, she has the principal roles of Nikya in ‘La Bayadère’, Manon Lescault in NEUMEIER’s ‘The Lady of the Camellias’; the ’Approximate Sonata’ of Forsythe, ’La Sieste’, ’La flûte’ as well as ‘Le thème varié’ in SUITE EN BLANC, and the role of ‘la femme’ in Serge Lifar’s LES MIRAGES.
In 2009, she was promoted to Etoile . Her repertoire includes the main roles in the ballets La Sylphide and Giselle, the roles of Nikiya in La Bayadère and the Queen of Dryads in Don Quixote . She also dances in ballets by Roland Petit and George Balanchine, Serge Lifar and Jerome Robbins, Wayne McGregor and Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe and John Cranko. She excelled in the roles of Marguerite and Manon in La Dame aux camélias (chor. by John Neumeier).