The American Institute for Dance Instructors became a reality when Missy and Douglas Daffron, after 27 and 33 years respectfully in the dance profession, now had the time and resources to do what many in the profession have always wanted to happen. To thoroughly train individuals, that have a passion for dance and a desire to share their gift to others. We have trained dancers to become champions in dance as well as successful studio owners. The organization was started for dance enthusiasts as an alternative to investing years in college for a degree or to just experience what the dance profession is.
The mission of the American Institute for Dance Instructors is to help more people enjoy the many benefits of dance. We will accomplish this by offering training and the opportunity for qualified dance instructors who will be able to earn a income and have a career in a most exciting and fun profession.
Missy and Doug Daffron have been trailblazers in the Ballroom and Social Dance industry when they became partners in 1990. This was the year they started owning dance studios together. Before this they were both top instructors in a Franchised Dance Studio.
Douglas started the dance profession after getting a B.S. in Secondary Physical Education with a Dance Endorsement from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
He struggled like many other novice instructors in this profession, however, his determination, ambition and perseverance propelled him to become one of the top multi-studio owners for this Franchised Company. In addition Doug and Missy became partners as Franchisors in the Southeast Region.
They owned studios in Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, NC. as well as in Charleston, SC. from 1990-2006. They became Franchisors in 1994 until 2012 with 22 studios. Throughout their careers in this Franchise they helped 17 Americans to become studio owners and they were instrumental in developing the region by recruiting 18 International Dancers from around the world, and of these 18, they helped 13 become studio owners.
In 1996, Missy became the Ballroom and Social Dance professor for Duke University, and in 2000 she became the same for the University of NC. Chapel Hill. Missy currently continutes to teach at Duke.
Doug and Missy have always wanted the best for their staff and students and they built their studios too last. This is recognized by the fact that the 4 cities where they owned their studios, are still some of the top dance studios in the Franchised Company.
They are now beginning on this endeavor to help other young adults to experience the wonderful world of this fun, rewarding and beneficial profession of Ballroom, Latin and Social Dancing.