Rena Butler hails from Chicago, IL. She has danced with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, David Dorfman Dance, as a guest artist with Luna Negra Dance Theater, Yara Travieso, 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.
She has acted as repetiteur for Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and has taught and held workshops at The Ailey School, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, NoOne Arthouse in Los Angeles, Contemporary Dance Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Ailey Camp Chicago, Connecticut College, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Danse de Marseille in France, in New World School of the Arts, Akron University, and Florida State University.
Her choreographic work has been featured on the School at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s BFA program, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, in the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC, The New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with world-renown jazz composer, Terrence Blanchard, and CHTV Stories television program in Switzerland. Rena is a dancer, artistic collaborator, and choreographer based in New York. She currently dances for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Manuel Vignoulle-M/motions.