Princess Grace Award
Choreography Fellowship, 2019
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago


Born in Chicago, IL, Rena Butler trained at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Rena currently dances for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and previously for companies such as Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Manuel Vignoulle, and The Merce Cunningham Trust “Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event” in Los Angeles, CA. Butler was named Choreographic Fellow for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2018. Her choreographic work includes a collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Terrence Blanchard, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and more. Her upcoming commissions include BalletX, Boston Dance Theater, and a dance film for Grammy-Award winning ensemble, Third Coast Percussion. She currently serves on The Consortium for Chicago Dancemakers Forum, and is based in Chicago and New York.