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Alex Da Silva, of 'So You Think You Can Dance,' accused of rape

April 4, 2009 | 11:17 pm

Alex Da Silva, the salsa dance instructor and a choreographer for Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," was arrested Saturday on charges of sexually assaulting four of his students, L.A. police said.Alex DaSilva booking photo

Da Silva, 41, is accused of assaulting the students in his two homes in the San Fernando Valley over the last six years, police said. He is being held on $3.8-million bail.

Authorities said that the four vicitims were all students of Da Silva at the time of the assaults. "The victims allege that he lured them to his homes in North Hollywood and Van Nuys," the police said in a statement. "He then used a ruse to get them into his bedroom, where he raped them."

Da Silva won the World Salsa Championships in 2002 and 2007 and currently teaches at the Edge  Performing Arts Center in Hollywood and the Mayan club in downtown Los Angeles, police said.

 Anyone with information about other alleged assaults involving Da Silva is urged to call Van Nuys detectives at (818) 374-1926.

-- Ken Weiss

Photo: Los Angeles Police Department