Rika Aizu

Jerrell Johnson 


David contreras, PRINCIPAL DANCER

Lachlan, a native of Sydney, Australia, moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003 to train at the Edge Performing Arts Center under the scholarship program. His workcredits span both the Australian and Los Angeles entertainment industries includingWarner Bros, animated film, Happy Feet, Gnomeo and Juliet, Glee, Baz Luhrmann’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Sydney Opera House, as well as numerous Australian Awards Shows. In addition, Lachlan has performed in industrials forMercedes Benz and Samsung. He was an original cast member of the LA smash hit turned movie musical Rock of Ages. Most recently, Lachlan performed with Hugh Jackman and Beyonce in the 81st Annual Academy Awards
David began his training in his hometown of Mexico City. He moved to Los Angeles to
continue his dance training and was accepted to the prestigious scholarship program at the Edge Performing Arts Center. A principal dancer with Commonality Dance Company, he has performed in Italy, Germany, Zurich and South Korea. In addition, David has danced with Mental Head Dance Co. Other credits include, Latin Grammys, Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Middle East International Film Festival in Dubai, tour in Mexico with opera singer diva Felippa Giordano and movies such as Romeo and Juliet, and Dance Flick. In 2008, David received the Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance by a Small Ensemble, for "Duet" choreography by Terri best.

Shannon is originally from Shawnee, KS and graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Dance. She now resides in Los Angeles where she recently completed her third season as a Los Angeles Laker Girl. She began teaching at the young age of 14 and has studied many aspects of dance with instructors from the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey School, and Donald Byrd's "The Group." She currently tours the world teaching with the Pacific Dance Project convention and truly loves working with dancers from around the world. Some of her credits include the feature films A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff, The Trouble with Ross, and Killing Time as well as national commercials for Subway, Coors Light, AmeriQuest, Burger King, Holiday Inn, Vidal Sassoon, and Coca Cola. She has also appeared with Beyonce in the NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show, on NBC's American Dreams, Entourage, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Best Damn Sports Show. In addition, Shannon has choreographed several national commercials as well as for schools, teams, and studios throughout the world including the University of Kansas, University of Arizona, University of California Long Beach, the University of South Florida, and the Los Angeles Laker Girls. Shannon created and choreographed the 1920's flapper show "The Eddies" at the Edison in downtown Los Angeles. In addition, she can be seen performing with the Commonality Dance Company and the Seamless Dance Theatre. Shannon continues to work in the industry dancing, choreographing, and acting while also teaching and directing Endeavor School of the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. Shannon is anxious to share her love and passion for dance with dancers from around the world!

  Jessi Rohr started dancing at age five. in Portland, Oregon became her home for fifteen years. She trained in Ballet, Point, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-hop, with a smattering of other styles in between.  At seventeen she joined a Portland company, danced and choreographing  for them for four years before moving to L.A. she performed for many audiences in the U.S.  and abroad, including South Korea and Scotland. She has performed in movies, television, music videos and live shows for choreographers such as Rich and Tone, Travis Wong, Jason Myhre, Terri Best and now as the newest member of Commonality, including the GIVEBACK INITIATIVE Benefit shows supporting young dancers dreams and most recently in the company's our newest work "NeXuS 6/4" at the 4th annual Celebrate Dance event.
Rika Aizu began her early dance years in Sapporo Japan before moving to the United States, continuing her studies in jazz, modern and hip-hop and earning her certificate in Choreographic Studies and Dance Techniques from Glendale College. Taking classes at EDGE Performing Arts Center; and with Ballet Master Stefan Wenta as Mimoda solidified her technique drove her passion for dance.  She has appeared in musicals (Oklahoma; Alice in Wonderland), music videos ("Poison", Hollie LA; "Tell Me", Misty Rosas), and has had the opportunity to work with choreographers Benjamin Allen (the Avenger's half-time show), Louie Martinez (Carnival), Kenji Yamaguchi and Malaya among others. 
Her performances with Terri Best Dance include the 6th Annual Pasadena Dance Festival, Momentum and Dance From the Soul a benefit for the victims of Sendai.  
Rika joined Adam Parson's Commonality Dance Company in 2011, adding her signature style and versatility to the company. She has already performed at the Los Angeles Dance Festival "The Nvitational" Commonality's GIVEBACK INITIATIVE Benefit shows supporting young dancers dreams and most recently in the company's 
our newest work "NeXuS 6/4" at the 4th annual Celebrate Dance event. 
At an early age, Andrew Diolata knew he was destined to be in entertainment. Originally from Seattle Washington, he began tap dancing at the age of eight. Shortly after, he began broadening his training in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary. In addition, he participated in various youth intensive programs through the Seattle Theatre Group and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. While continuing to cultivate his dance education, he also received his B.A. in Journalism from Seattle University. After moving to Los Angeles in 2007, Andrew has been able to work with such contemporary companies as Commonality, Seamless Dance Theatre, and Sonya Tayeh Dance. He has also appeared on Nickelodeon's Victorious, Disney's Camp Rock, and The Wedding Band; as well as commercials for Budweiser, Wii's "Just Dance” and Levi's. Andrew enjoys pursuing his passion of performing; and aims to see all his goals realized, while continuing to make new ones.

Shannon Novak, Principal Dancer 


                          Jerrell is some one that can truly call himself a California Native as he was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has been been working every since he graduated from the prestigious Edge Performing Arts Center, where he met and was trained by Adam Parson. A strong, diverse and dynamic dancer,He jobs have ranged from Tokyo Disney to Between the lines dance company, to HBO’s True Blood.  Jerrell recently joined Commonality and is already proven himself to be an integrated part of the company performing in Commonality's GIVEBACK INITIATIVE Benefit shows supporting young dancers dreams and most recently in the company's our newest work "NeXuS 6/4" at the 4th annual Celebrate Dance event. 

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Andrew diolata

Born in Stockton, California, Jazz Raycole started performing at the age of 22 months. It was at her mother’s dance studio where Jazz developed her onstage skills, studying an array of dance styles from salsa to ballroom and modern to African. By five years old, Raycole had booked her first commercial and at the age of 6, she booked both her first pilot and her first movie role, appearing as Angela Basset’s daughter in the cult classic “Waiting to Exhale.” Raycole’s big break came at the age of 13, when she won the role of ‘Claire Kyle’ on ABC’s hit sitcom “My Wife and Kids” opposite Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell. Jazz returned to her first love: dance, training at the Boston Ballet, to the school of American Ballet, to a full scholarship at Alvin Ailey, where she danced with the first company. Jazz returned to acting full-force and on top of making guest appearances on the upcomingm TNT drama “Perception,” “Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Monk,” and “Without A Trace” she has held memorablerecurring roles on “The Office”(as Stanley’s daughter), “Everybody Hates Chris,” and “Jericho.”Jazz can now be seen on TV Land’s The Soul Man alongside Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash.

Chelsea Michener

lachlan mccarthy PRINCIPAL DANCER

Chelsea started dancing at the age of 3 in Colorado.  By the time she was 17 she was accepted to the Edge Performing Arts Center Scholarship Program.  She is well versed in tap, jazz, jazz funk, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, theatre, and contemporary.  She has been seen on stage many times working for choreographers such as Tessandra Chavez, Malaya, Joelle Martinec, Sakinah LeStage, Adam Parson, Scott Hislop, Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo and Ryan Heffington to name a few.  Some of her previous work includes The Sing Off (Season 3), Cold Case, Dance Plug, the NAACP awards, O’Spada, Alex Kogan, Heartour and Christina Grimmie.  She has travelled to New Zealand, Sweden and Australia to assist some of the above choreographers.  She is also a member of SoleVita Dance Company under the direction of Joelle Martinec and Commonality Dance Company under the direction of Adam Parson.

Jessi Rohr