Melissa Saphir


 Melissa Saphir is a highly certified ballroom dance instructor who enjoys making dance easy for beginners, performing on stage, competing with her friends in the same-sex dance community, and dancing socially with her husband Bill. Melissa learned to dance as an adult, when she and Bill took up Lindy Hop in 1999. In 2001, she completed teacher training at the Ballroom Dance Teachers College (BDTC). She taught swing, American Smooth and Rhythm, and other dances at Bay Area studios for several years, then became a Master Teacher for BDTC in 2006, training aspiring dance teachers. She co-authored BDTC in a Box (2008), a detailed curriculum for educating dance professionals, and is now a Regional Examiner for Dance Vision. She now competes on the same-gender circuit in the U.S. and Europe, dancing the International Standard dances in the follower’s role. She and her dance partner, Sunny Williams, are the NASSPDA 2016 United States Women’s Standard champions.