jhon r. stronks|“there … in the sunlight.”  A Contemporary Dance Company dedicated to creating an presenting dance works and performances that embody the unique choreographic vision of artistic director jhon r. stronks


Emily Bischoff grew up in Friendswood, TX. In high school Emily moved to Houston to attend the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. Upon graduation Emily received a Talent and Presidential Scholarship at Point Park University where she graduated in 2009 Cum Laude with a B.F.A.

Rachel Ekroth is a trained gymnast who got a late start in dancing at the age of 28. She is the Associate Artistic Director for Urban Souls Dance Company. Rachel has danced with MEDIA, Second Generation, Exclamation Dance Company, The Ensemble Theater, and the Motown Review at the Miller Outdoor Theater. Rachel counts her children, Prince, water and avocadoes among her favorite things.

Jonnesha Hawkins – Minter began her dance training at the age of 11 at Classen School of Advanced Studies and Performing arts in 1994, studying modern dance, ballet and other forms of dance. She spent 2 summers studying modern dance at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and in 2000 performed with the world renowned African American Dance Ensemble. Jonnesha holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from University of Oklahoma. She is the Rehearsal Director for Urban Souls Dance Company.

Danielle Koblinski is a soon to be graduate of The University of Houston where she was recently selected to represent the dance division at this years ACFDA southwest regional conference.  Yay Dance!!! And YOGA YOGA!!! OHMMMMMM!

Nicole McNeil received her B.A. in Dance from the University of Houston. While studying there, she was a member of the UH Dance ENSEMBLE for four years and had the opportunity to work with many choreographers.

Cori Miller graduated with her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin; she is an arts administrator having worked at notable organizations like Dance New Amsterdam, Danspace Project, and Baryshinkov Arts Center. She recently presented her own work in the 2012  Big Range Dance and Houston Fringe Festivals. Currently, she is the Production Manager for Hope Stone Inc.

Tory Pierce originally from The Woodlands, studied Modern Dance at the University of Houston. Tory has performed with the University's Dance Ensemble and Big Range Dance Festival in both Houston and Austin. Moreover, Tory loves choreographing when she isn’t in rehearsal. Unlike spoken word, Tory comments, expression in the body is unlimited.

Lindsey Sarah is a photographer, designer, dancer, teacher, artist, and (oh so) human. LSarah.com

Artistic Director
jhon r. stronks
is a Houston-based choreographer who creates dances that speak truthfully about the people who dance them and the conditions in which they dance. thereinthesunlight.com

donna e perkins is a Houston-based visual artist. "I steal lines and choreograph them into the structure of my paintings. Many of my lines a drawn from dancers, dancing. These become abstractions, not of the dancers, but of the dance." donnaeperkins.com

Lindsey Sarah is a photographer, designer, dancer, teacher, artist, and (oh so) human. LSarahCreative.com

Wayne M. Smith is a Memphis-based choreographer who creates personal and abstract dances from his eclectic experiences in improvisation, modern dance, jazz and classical dance techniques, spoken word, theatre, music and visual art, mathematics and computer technology.

Margo Stutts Toombs is an internal humorist a performer who sometimes makes the audience laugh on the inside. She has had some highs and lows in her career. One notable low was performing the opening act for an Elvis Impersonator at a sports bar (outside the Loop) and getting booed off the stage. MargoStuttsToombs.com