So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer Alex Da Silva: Guilty of Rape, Assault

Salsa dancer will likely be taking his happy feet to California state prison after today's conviction

By Josh Grossberg Sep 16, 2011 9:14 PMTags
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Forget sequins. Alex Da Silva's next performance coud be in pinstripes.

The former So You Think You Can Dance instructor was convicted today of raping one woman and asaulting another, stemming from a slew of shocking charges against the salsa expert. However, a Los Angeles jury deadlocked on four other counts.

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Da Silva, 43, had pleaded not guilty last June to charges he sexually assaulted four different women during private lessons over a six-year period between 2003 and 2009. That time frame coincided with his 2005-08 stint on SYTYCD from 2005 to 2008, when the Latin dance choreographer helped contestants find their groove.

Da Silva, who hails from Brazil, was arrested in August 2009 following a police investigation into criminal complaints that he lured his victims—four females between the ages of 20 and 26—to his North Hollywood home for one-on-one sessions and then raped them.

The mambo man has remained behind bars these past two years, unable to make the $2 million in bail.

He could have faced life in prison if convicted on all the charges. He's due back in court on Nov. 8 to learn how much time he will serve.

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