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'So You Think You Can Dance' choreographer gets prison for rape

January 27, 2012 |  2:30 pm

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A salsa dance instructor best known as a choreographer on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison for raping one woman and assaulting another.

Los Angeles Superior Judge Kathleen Kennedy handed down the sentence after denying a defense motion for a new trial for Alex Da Silva, 43.

After he is out of prison, the dance instructor will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Kennedy told Da Silva that he clearly “does not respect women” and “believes he is entitled to do whatever he wants when he wants.”

A jury convicted Da Silva in September of raping a 22-year-old woman in 2002 and assaulting a 25-year-old woman in 2009 with intent to commit rape. The victims were either dancers or aspiring dancers who met him through his dance instruction classes.

The same jury was hung on four counts involving two additional female victims. Kennedy dismissed those charges Friday.

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