A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, Elisabeth Platel entered the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1975 and joined the Corps de Ballet the following year, aged 17. At the end of her first performance in the title role in Giselle on December 23, 1981, she was named “Etoile”. Subsequently, she danced the full classical repertoire of the Paris Opera,as well as ballets of Balanchine, Bejart, Lifar, MacMillan, Neumeier, Nureyew, Robbins and other well-known contemporary choreographers.
In 1983, she received the West End Theaters Award (London), the Massine prize in 1998 and 1999, the Prix Benois de la danse. She was appointed by the French government Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Officer of the French Legion of Honor and Officer of National Order of Merit. Her major guest appearances include the Royal Ballet in London, the Berlin Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Finnish National Ballet, the New Zealand Ballet, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Rio de Janeiro Theater Ballet, on tour in Japan with Nina Ananiashvili’s group of soloists, and in the United States with soloists from the Paris Opera.
She became Director of the Paris Opera Ballet School in September 2004. Since then, Elisabeth Platel is regularly invited as distinguished member to symposiums, as juror for international competitions and her teaching is considered representative for the 'French School'.