Iowa's premier studio for learning all levels of ballroom and latin dances.

2347 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Suite 2 • Cedar Rapids, IA 319-320-7880

2441 Coral Ct., Suite 1 • Coralville, IA • 319-545-2580

Welcome to Dance New York, the premier ballroom and latin dance studio in Iowa.  Let us make you the popular and confident dancer you want to be!  Nobody can make the experience easier and more fun than our highly trained professional staff.  Look around to see what we offer, and what we can do for you!

The Faces that Match the Feet
Edward Simon


Co-owner & Professional Dance Coach

Mr. Simon is a Cedar Rapids native and a founding partner of the original Dance New York studio in New York City.
As a competing professional, Edward has won over 100 major events including:
·   United States American Ballroom Champion
·   World Classic Showdance Finalist
·   United States Theatrical Finalist
·   1999 North American Dance Award for “Favorite Couple of the Year”

Since his retirement from competition, Mr. Simon has become a distinguished coach, judge, and ambassador for dancesport.  Some of his many honors include:

·   2003 North American Dance Award Nominee for “Choreographer of the Year”
·   2004 North American Dance Award Nominee for “Coach of the Year”
·   Member of the National Dance Board for Dance Educators of America.
·   Member of the Board of Governors for the National Dance Council of America.

Susie Murray


Co-owner & Senior Dance Instructor

Mrs. Murray has been with Dance New York Iowa since 2001, and has been co-owner of the studio since May 2004.
In addition to her rigorous business management and teaching duties, she also competes with her students in Pro-Am events throughout the country.

She has been competing in Pro-Am competitions since 2002.  Some of her students' recent accomplishments include:

  • Top Silver Student at the 2010 Twin Cities Open
  • Silver Smooth Scholarship Winner at 2010 Nebraska Invitational
  • Top Studio at 2010 Nebraska Invitational
  • Top Studio at 2010 Twin Cities Open

At the 2007 Chicago Harvest Moon Championships, Susie was recognized as being one of the “Top Teachers”, an award given to the top 10 instructors at the event.  In addition, Susie was the highest ranking female in the top 10.

She and her professional partner, Derrick, have danced their way to numerous accomplishments:

  • Rising Star Professional American Smooth Finalists at the 2010 Volunteer State Dance Challenge
  • Professional Open American Smooth and International Standard Champions at the 2010 Dance Vision Classic
  • 2010 Colorado Star Ball Rising Star International Standard Champions

Derrick Murray

Senior Dance Instructor

Derrick began his dance career competing as an amateur at competitive events across the country.  He started his professional career at Dance New York- Iowa in 2006, and has been training social and competitive dancers in all styles of ballroom & latin dances ever since.

He and his students routinely compete at dance competitions all over the U.S.  At the 2010 Dance Vision Classic, Derrick was named a "Top Teacher" for the event.  He was also named the "Top Teacher" at the Iowa Dancesport Classic numerous times, including 2017.

He and Susie have been competing as a Professional couple in the American Smooth & International Standard categories at top competitions across the United States.  Their travels have taken them to:

  • St. Louis Star Ball

  • Ohio Star Ball

  • Twin Cities Open

  • Colorado Star Ball

  • Windy City Open (Chicago, IL)

  • Heart of America Championships (Kansas City, MO)

  • Indiana Challenge

  • Holiday Dance Classic (Las Vegas, NV)

  • Wisconsin State Dancesport Championships

  • Nebraska Invitational

  • Chicago Harvest Moon Championships

  • Volunteer State Dance Challenge

Yifeng Zhang

Associate Dance Instructor

Yifeng fell in love with ballroom dancing right away when she joined Luther College Ballroom & Swing Club in 2013, where not only did she dance socially and competitively, but also participated in teaching social ballroom dancing. She enjoys every perspective of ballroom dancing, and would love to spread her knowledge and, more importantly, the joy of dancing to everybody.

Yifeng brought her talent to Dance New York-Iowa in 2017 and has enjoyed working with people of all ages and skill levels.