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Rena Butler ’11: DANCE Cover Feature

She’s “The Epitome of Contemporary Cool.”

“As a rising senior at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, Rena Butler asked Amber Lee Parker to create her graduation solo. Parker, a Purchase alumna, was then dancing with choreographer Kyle Abraham’s company. To suss out Butler’s ways of working, Parker invited the 21-year-old to a rehearsal on a hot summer day in 2010.

“‘I think I hired her right then and there. There wasn’t much debate about the decision,’” says Abraham. “‘She is very aware of the energy she receives and puts out, which drew us together.’”

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Rena Butler '11 on DANCE magazine cover