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Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Rena Butler has previously performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, AIM by Kyle Abraham, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, David Dorfman Dance, Manuel Vignoulle/M-Motions, Kevin Wynn Collection, and Pasos Con Sabor Salsa Dance Company. She is a recipient of the 2019 Princess Grace Foundation Award for Choreography. Butler has created works for various companies and institutions, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BalletX, Charlotte Ballet, Whim W’him, Boston Dance Theater, TedXChicago Virtual Salon 3.0: Design Your Life, The Juilliard School, Gibney Company, for ballerina Michaela DePrince, and more. She has served as an adjunct professor for New York University Tisch School of the Arts for Dance, and currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Council for Dancewave NYC. Butler is currently Gibney Company’s inaugural Choreographic Associate, dancing for the company as well as creating original works, and wass the featured cover story for Dance Magazine‘s November 2021 issue.