In 1981, he began studying dance with the Puerto Rican teachers Lionel Santa Yolanda Munoz and Lolita San Miguel. From 1983-1989, he was a member of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. There he served as principal dancer and studied with Jose Pares, Maria Carlota Carrera and Carrera. In 1989, he joined Boston Ballet II and in 1990, the Boston Ballet. He was promoted to soloist in 1995 and played a wide classical and contemporary repertoire until 1999 in Europe, Indonesia and the United States. Carlos Ivan created major roles in world premieres of Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Daniel Pelzig, among others. In 1996, Bruce Marks, artistic director of Boston Ballet, awarded the E. Virginia Williams Inspirational Award .
He began as a choreographer with six short cantitos (1996Choreographers Festival of Ballet Concierto). In 1997 and 1998, continued with 2delalupe , And tonight , and 2×2 for members of the Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet II. For Andanza, he has choreographed for some black and white (2000), both two (2000),Between the Lines (2001) Game Night (with Jesus Miranda and Lolita Villanúa, 2001), interventions of the company in Celite and Shoemaker mangle (2001) and History of rice and beans (2007), Adagio (2002),Dawn (2003), I am God , inspired by the story of Manuel Ramos Otero (2004), Primitive / Urban (2005) interlude in Limbo (2005), covert Variations (2006), Waiting (2007), Extreme (2007), Recovecos (2008),Bullets (2008), a section of cosmic Andanza (2009), Reflections on the 385 (2009 ) santurcina Dance (2010), My day in Santurce (2010) Ten years without you (2010) and Aguinaldo to Andanza (2011) . To Ballets de San Juan rode Three pa ‘three (2001) and Andante sostenuto , Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, ClaviNcordio (2010), and National Balleteatro, Sonata (2008). He has been a member of the management of Andanza since the beginning of the company, also worked as a dancer of the group until 2004. He was assistant director, teacher and choreographer Andanza until 2016.