Alex Da Silva (dancer)

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Alex Da Silva
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Born (1968-03-27) March 27, 1968 (age 53)

Alex Da Silva is a Brazilian dancer and choreographer, specializing in Salsa dancing. Da Silva is also known for being a recurring guest choreographer on the Fox TV show So You Think You Can Dance.[1]


Da Silva was born March 27, 1968, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[2] He discovered Salsa dancing at the age of 20.[3] He is credited with contributing to the LA-style of salsa dancing. Da Silva started his career as a salsa dancer and instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rape charge and conviction[edit]

In 2009, Da Silva was charged with "four counts of forcible rape, two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object."[4] Da Silva stated he was innocent and pleaded not guilty to all charges.[4] He had stated in interviews that the sex was consensual and that the women were trying to extort money from him and they may have known each other as they came from the same small town.[5]

Da Silva was arrested in August 2009, and unable to pay bail set at two million dollars, he remained in jail for two years as mistrials and delays prevented his case from reaching a conclusion.[6][7]

On September 16, 2011, a downtown Los Angeles jury found Alex Da Silva, 43, guilty of raping a 22-year-old woman in August 2002 and assault with intent to commit rape involving another woman in March 2009.[8]

On January 27, 2012, L.A. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy, defense attorney Carlos Valdez. Valdez and associates Santa Ana CA handed down a 10-year prison sentence in reference to the 2009 arrest.[9]

Da Silva was released from prison on February 15th, 2018. He was deported back to Brazil soon after.

SYTYCD choreography[edit]

Season Show Dancers Style Music
Season 1 Week 1 Michelle Brooke
Jonnis Tannis
Mambo "Caravan"—Eddie Torres and His Mambo Kings
Melissa Vella
Ryan Conferido
Week 2 Salsa "Cubanjam"—Orquesta la Palabra
Week 5 Kamilah Barrett
Nick Lazzarini
Mambo "Mambo Cool"—Ernesto Marquez and his Orchestra
Ashlé Dawson
Artem Chigvintsev
Cha Cha "El Sabroso Son"—La Palabra
Week 6 Ashlé Dawson
Blake McGrath
Argentine tango "Santa Maria"—Gotan Project
Week 7 Ashlé Dawson
Jamile McGee
Salsa "Oh Mayi"—La Sonora Poncena
Week 8 Alex Da Silva
Lauren Sánchez
Guest performance "Caravan"—Eddie Torres and His Mambo Kings
Season 2 Week 1 Allison Holker
Ivan Koumaev
Salsa "El Tamblor"—La Palabra
Natalie Fotopoulos
Musa Cooper
Mambo "Nina"—Joe Cuba Sextet
Week 3 Heidi Groskreutz
Ryan Rankine
Cuban rumba "Rumba del Solar"—Angelo Rodriguez
Allison Holker
Ivan Koumaev
Argentine tango "Libertango"—bond
Week 7 "La Cumparsita"—Orquestra Esquela de Tango
Heidi Groskreutz
Benji Schwimmer
Mambo "Black Mambo"—Angel and the Mambokats
Week 9 Salsa "La Comay"—Sonora Carruseles
Season 3 Week 1 Ashlee Langas
Ricky Palomino
Argentine tango "Sentimiento Tango"—Trio Federico-Berlingieri
Lauren Gottlieb
Neil Haskell
Salsa "Friday Night Rhythm"—Mazerati 5
Week 4 Shauna Noland
Cedric Gardener
Mambo "Flauta Y Timbal"—Tito Puente
Week 7 Sara Von Gillern
Danny Tidwell
Argentine tango "Whatever Lola Wants"—Sara Vaughan and Gotan Project
Season 4 Week 2 Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
"Mi Confesión"—Gotan Project
Susie Garcia
Marquis Cunningham
Salsa "Aguanilé"—Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe
Week 4 Kourtni Lind
Matt Dorame
Mambo "Ban-Con-Tin"—Super-All-Star
Week 5 Chelsie Hightower
Mark Kanemura
Salsa "Fuego"—Joe Bataan
  • Favourite routines:
    • Mambo with Benji Schwimmer and Heidi Groskreutz was chosen by Benji Schwimmer (winner) as his best performed routine season 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fox Broadcasting Company: So You Think You Can Dance Archived June 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Alex Da Silva: Dance Instructor". Archived from the original on 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
  3. ^ [1] Archived July 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Josh Grossberg (Jun 2, 2010). "So You Think You Can Dance Star Pleads Innocent in Rape Case". Eonline. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  5. ^ Edie,TSF (16 September 2011). "Alex da Silva – His Story". Salsafreak. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  6. ^ Milton Rodas (February 9, 2011). "Alex Da Silva Trial in Court to Start Soon". Salsahook. Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  7. ^ Milton Rodas (Jun 23, 2011). "Alex Da Silva Trial Delayed Multiple Times". Salsahook. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  8. ^ Richard Winton (September 16, 2011). "'So You Think You Can Dance' choreographer guilty of rape". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  9. ^ Tim Kenneally (September 16, 2011). "'So You Think You Can Dance' Choreographer Alex Da Silva Gets 10 Years for Rape and Assault". Reuters. Retrieved 28 January 2012.

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