Shane Sparks, a choreographer best known for his work on So You Think You Dance and his critiques on America’s Best Dance Crew, was arrested earlier today at his California home.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, the hip hop dance instructor - real name Melvin Sparks - is being accused of child molestation. The incidents, which occurred with one person in their early teens, occurred between 1994-1997. It’s not clear why the events are now coming to light.
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Behind-the-scenes romances might be commonplace for Dancing with the Stars, but they’re not something we’ve associated with So You Think You Can Dance—that is, until now. According to sources, 25-year-old salsa dancer Janette Manrara and 21-year-old lyrical dancer Jason Glover are currently an item.
Although the Season 5 contestants both exited the program during the 100th episode, their relationship supposedly didn’t take shape until work on the nationwide tour began. “During any down time between numbers, they always would be together, holding hands and acting like a couple,” an insider told People.
You can relive performances involving both dancers after the jump.
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Four months after being released due to lack of evidence, choreographer Alex Da Silva has been rearrested on rape-related offenses…and this time, he’s been slapped with a few charges.
The dance instructor, whose best known for his work on So You Think You Can Dance, was cuffed this morning at his North Hollywood home for crimes allegedly committed against four different women.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, the incidents occurred between 2002 and 2009. The victims - ranging from 20 to 26 in age - had been taking classes with Da Silva. In total, Alex has been charged with eight felonies: four counts of forcible rape, two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.
Da Silva is being held on $6.2 million bail. A conviction on all charges could mean up to life in prison.
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Days after being arrested on investigation of sexual assault, choreographer Alex Da Silva was released from jail.
The 41-year-old So You Think You Can Dance contributor was taken into custody by police last Saturday as a result of several rape allegations. Four different victims had accused the dance instructor of assault between 2003 and 2009.
Although the complainants each reported similar stories, the Los Angeles County prosecutors office has not been able to file charges due to a lack of evidence. More women have since come forth with their own stories, so the investigation is not yet closed.
No word yet what this might mean - if anything - for the next season of SYTYCD. The FOX reality series starts up again on May 21.
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UPDATE: Prosecutors have not yet filed any charges. Da Silva will be released while the investigation continues.
This FOX scandal might just top anything ever connected to American Idol.
Over the weekend, So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Alex Da Silva was taken in by police on suspicion of sexual assault. The arrest stemmed from alleged incidents involving four different women.
Although the 41-year-old salsa dancer had been previously accused of sexual assault in 2003, 2004 and 2005, charges were never filed by the prosecutors office. After a new complaint on March 28, the LAPD went back and reinterviewed Alex’s previous accusers. Similar stories filed by all four women - all unknown to each other - led to Saturday’s arrest.
“The victims allege that he lured them to his homes in North Hollywood and Van Nuys,” a statement from the police department read. “He then used a ruse to get them into his bedroom, where he raped them.”
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We’re still weeks away from the premiere of Dancing with the Stars, yet the drama may have already begun. According to the New York Post, female veterans of the reality hit are reportedly jealous of a particular competitor.
For the show’s seventh season, DWTS followers will see three new professionals on the parquet floor: Inna Brayer, Corky Ballas (Mark Ballas’ father) and Lacey Schwimmer. Unfortunately for Schwimmer, her debut has supposedly been spoiled by a few cold colleagues.
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The always sunny Cat Deeley takes a much darker and sexier turn in a new photo spread for Arena magazine.
The British host of So You Think You Can Dance admitted that part of the reason she relocated to LA was because of a painful breakup. Two years later—men take note - she’s still single. (I’m sure last season’s contestant, Dominic, would still love to give her another hug.)
You can view more pics from Deeley’s shoot at the link below. Otherwise, you can see her again when SYTYCD returns on May 28.
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