Fox “Dance" Choreographer, Shane Sparks Charged with Child Molestation

by Staff, December 21st, 2009

Shane Sparks
“So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer and “America’s Best Dance Crew” judge charged with eight counts of molestation.

40-year-old dance choreographer Melvin Sparks, who goes by the name Shane Sparks and who appears regularly on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” as one of the show’s dance choreographers was arrested early Friday morning (Dec. 18) and charged with molesting a young girl a decade ago.

Sparks was released Saturday night after posting $590,000.

Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, tells E! News the arrest came after a woman filed a criminal complaint with police that alleging several encounters with Sparks when she was a teen. “There’s one victim, and it occurred in the ’90s. I believe it started in ’94 and went on for several years, said Robison. “It’s an underage girl. She was under 15 when the alleged crimes occurred. She is an adult now and came forward to authorities.”

Sparks’ attorney, Steve Meister, has gone on the defensive, calling the charge against his client, “extortion, Hollywood style.” and vowing to fight to clear Sparks’ name.

Sparks faces eight counts of felony child molestation, which include six counts of committing a lewd act upon a child 14-years-old or younger, and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 16 for acts committed between 1995 and 1997.

In addition to his choreographer role on “So You Think You Can Dance” Sparks also serves as a judge on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.”


  1. greensFebruary 14, 2008 at 9:47 pm 

    um.. Me & my girlfriend was about his gun.

  2. Farouq ObamaFebruary 14, 2008 at 10:26 pm 

    Andre 3000 Dropped one of the best albums of all time

    ^^ Yo aint the only one….. I love this fucking album and this song was my favorite….or Prototype

  3. Farouq ObamaFebruary 14, 2008 at 10:28 pm 

    Ok Question? Greens a girl I havent spoken to since the day I met her and got her number, sent me a text “Happy Valentine’s Day Sweetheart” …….Ok I have seen her friends around but not her, what does this mean. I mean that day we met we hit it off tremendously but I never called her, cuz I was seeing someone and needed to fallback on all the fuckery. Am I reading too much into a text?

  4. Farouq ObamaFebruary 14, 2008 at 10:29 pm 

    If You can look up a Cormega song called ‘All I Need’ off of Hi-Tek’s First album ….that song goes so hard

    *puts Nation on the Horn*

  5. Farouq ObamaFebruary 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm 

    I am going to blow up the comment section today, I feel lovingly

  6. MKFebruary 14, 2008 at 11:27 pm 

    Andre 3000 Dropped one of the best albums of all time

    ^^Probably why it sold millions of copies and got universal praise. But blowing up resulted in the end of OutKast, so I’d gladly give it back if it meant they’d make an album better than Idlewild, the few good tracks on it notwithstanding.

  7. PhuqueFebruary 14, 2008 at 11:28 pm 

    ^^what he said.

    Good post…

  8. BabyDollFebruary 14, 2008 at 11:29 pm 

    Ill post…very fitting…and it had 3 Jay Z tracks…that’s all I needed!

  9. tyrone biggumsFebruary 14, 2008 at 11:30 pm 

    dope post Bk, I fucks with the concept, and you definitely got some classics on here, especially Renee and Punish me and o yeah can’t forget about those Hov tracks definitely some of my favorites

  10. Rey aka Alumnah's Luke SkywalkFebruary 15, 2008 at 12:22 am 

    Nice list. I really need to get off m’arse and buy The Dynasty.

    Might I also suggest Fall Out Boy’s entire “Take This To Your Grave Album”? No? Well fuck YOU!

  11. Spoonyluvs mistressFebruary 15, 2008 at 12:27 am 

    YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You went in on this post. This is crack at it’s best {I guess..lmao} All the songs you put up gets heavy rotation…..well maybe not the Kim song and I never heard the glenn lewis song{i’ma look into that} but seriously classics all across the board. LMAO @ you adding uncle sam to the list….you probably sing that song in the mirror…j/k

    and yes! that nigga musiq soulchild got some crazy eyes….especially when he hits a high note…them shits run rampid… Andre 3000 did drop some shit on the love below…common had some some on electric circus as well{don’t know if you listened to that album…that shit takes you somewhere else}, but anyway good shit BK! It’s cool to see niggas admit to listening to shit like that

    gold star for marcus {c} boomerang

  12. Spoonyluvs mistressFebruary 15, 2008 at 12:32 am 

    some shit*

  13. PhuqueFebruary 15, 2008 at 12:34 am 

    It’s cool to see niggas admit to listening to shit like that


    SMH…spoony I know you seen this:

  14. Spoonyluvs mistressFebruary 15, 2008 at 12:58 am 

    @ phuque…I responded to your post

    I’ll be back later tho…..holla!

  15. BKScribeFebruary 15, 2008 at 3:08 am 

    @ Greeny.. I Know it was about his gun.. sheesh

    @ MK yea i know the album went sextuple diamond.. but “hip hop” fans on average act like the shit was ehh.. “Yea tha love below shit was aight, but he singin n shit… fuck outta here”

    @ Rey.. this was kinda hip hop oriented.. I had to tell myself numerous times not to add NIN “The Perfect Drug” or Tonic’s “The way she loved me”

    @ Spoony.. yea I Listen to all kinds of shit.. Thanks for the appreciation

  16. Meka SoulFebruary 15, 2008 at 3:13 am 


    “renee” has, and will always be, my shit.

    a couple more: pharcyde’s “she said [jay dee remix],” the game & mary j blige’s ‘s “don’t worry,” ghostface’s “camay,” and, of course, meth & mary’s “all i need to get by.”

  17. BKScribeFebruary 15, 2008 at 3:35 am 

    Ahhhh Dapz Meka.. you know I had a couple of issues with embedding songs.. and that Meth Mary shit woulda fit perfectly.

    I wrote this at 6am so thas my defense for such a slip up. I was just watching that video like 2 days ago too.

  18. Meka SoulFebruary 15, 2008 at 3:45 am 

    my mind is perpetually set to a soundtrack, so damn near any scenario i can put a song to.

    my all-time fave? pharoahe monch’s “the light.”

  19. amandaFebruary 15, 2008 at 4:35 am 

    I thought you loved me, I thought you cared for me, I thought you needed me, do you believe in me?

    One of the best songs on “I Am”. Nas really does have a decent storytelling game. “Rewind” anybody?

    Fuck this day!

    Thank you for a post that’s kinda for the bitter heads.

  20. BKScribeFebruary 15, 2008 at 4:51 am 

    LOL no problem amanda.

    I mean it’s not so much for the bitter heads as for showing a different perspective on the whole “love” thing

    Last I heard hate was the new love though.. so who knows.

  21. MKFebruary 15, 2008 at 12:03 pm 

    BK, I meant to add something in my first post about how hip hop fans suck if they can’t recognize a great album for what it is despite not being “hip hop” but I got distracted. I mean, I still miss Aquemini OutKast but I can still appreciate how great The Love Below frequently is, hip hop fans have their heads up their asses if they can’t do the same. He’s even got Rosario Dawson on a track, and when you add that to the fact that my old landlord’s guitar was the one she used in Josie and the Pussycats, I figure I’ve got a solid 5-6 minutes of conversation with the goddess should the opportunity arise.

    Dammit Rey, Fallout Boy is worse than Hitler. Don’t be a musical Neville Chamberlain!

    Oh, and I thought The Perfect Drug was about Absinthe, which incidentally, is awesome.

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