Mrs. Chaeff received her professional training at American Ballet Theatre in New York under world renowned teachers, including Alexandra Danilova, Igor Schwezoff, Anatole Vilzak, Ludmilla Schollar, Yurek Lazovsky and Valentina Pereyaslavec. She received her teacher's training in Vienna, Austria and is accredited to teach the Bolshoi School (Moscow Choreographic School) syllabus. After dancing professionally, she directed her own school and company in Oakland, New Jersey for nine years and currently is Artistic Director of the San Jose Ballet Association, a non-profit performing organization.
Rima began her studies with her mother and was later a government sponsored scholarship student in Vienna, Austria for three years, studying with Irina Borovska/Musil. She has studied with Rosella Hightower in Cannes, Zurich Opera Ballet, Saile Academy in Sydney, Australia, Boston Ballet and in New York with Sulamith Messerer, David Howard and the Joffrey School. She completed three years in the professional division of San Francisco Ballet School and danced in their Nutcracker and Showcase performances. She appeared as soloist with San Jose Dance Theatre and toured Europe with Ballet San Jose as Principal dancer.. She has created original roles with choreographers Lawrence Pech, Audrey King and Harold Lang, and danced the roles of Giselle, Odette in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadere, and leading roles in Les Sylphides andPaquita.