Rena Butler hails from Chicago, IL. She is a company member and Choreographic Fellow of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Previously, Rena has danced with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, David Dorfman Dance, Manuel Vignoulle/M-Motions, Yara Travieso, The Kevin Wynn Collection, Pasos Con Sabor Salsa Dance Company, for visual artists Carrie Mae Weems and Nick Cave, and Rosie Herrera for iHeart Radio Latin Music Awards.
She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us, FORMA magazine, Refinery29.com, and The Dance Enthusiast.
She began her studies at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance.
Ms. Butler has acted as repetiteur for Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and has taught workshops at The Ailey School, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, NoOne Arthouse in Los Angeles, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Danse de Marseille in France, Macau Cultural Center in China, Dancers' Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming, Ailey Camp Chicago, and New World School of the Arts in Miami.
Rena's choreographic work has been presented at The Ailey School/Fordham, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, The Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC, Taipei National University of the Arts, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, The New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with world-renown jazz composer, Terrence Blanchard, and CHTV Stories television program in Switzerland.