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The Zea Mays Dance Team

Who is the Zea Mays?
The Zea Mays is Concordia College's dance team. The name is cleverly derived from the biological nomenclature for corn!

The team performs at all of Concordia's home football games as well as select basketball games. The Zea Mays are also active in various shows on campus and in the community. Along with these performances, the team competes on both the local and national level. 

The season begins in late August with members attending a dance seminar in the Twin Cities and continues until national competition in the spring.

Team Coach:
Jennifer Stompro is the coach for the Zea Mays and can be contacted at 299-4434 or e-mail at:

2005-06 Team Captains:
Jill Kleve: e-mail -
Beth Grosser: e-mail -

2003-04 Zea Mays Team Members: (click on their name to see their page)
Juliet Nygaard, Jami Eidem, Katie Perleberg, Lindsay Forsyth, Kristine Nelson, Marie Schaefer, Beth Grosser
Jill Kleve, Katie Andrews, Candace Miller, Andrea Bayers, Mandee Palmer

Any Concordia student, freshman through senior, is able to try out for the team.

Tryouts for the 2005-06 team are tentatively scheduled for September 2005. During the first two days participants will learn a short routine as well as dance technique. On the third day, dancers will perform the routine and skills before a panel of judges. The judges will not choose a set number of individuals, but will accept as many as possible who they believe will be beneficial to the team. The skills dancers will be judged on include

  • Pirouette: single, double, or triple turn
  • Leap: split leap or switch leap
  • Russian/Toe-touch Jump
  • Sequence of Kicks
We will be teaching all of these skills during tryouts; dancers are not required to know them before tryouts. If you have any more questions e-mail one of the captains or visit us at the Cobber Expo or Info Booth in the fall.

 This page is maintained by the Concordia Sports Information Office

Zea Mays Danceline Links
Jennifer Stompro

2005-06 Captains:
Jill Kleve
Beth Grosser

Stories on the Zea Mays:
2/01/02 Concordian Story
11/20/98 Concordian Story
3/20/98 Concordian Story

Team Pictures:
2003-04 Team Picture
2001-02 Team Picture
1997-98 Team Picture
  1996-97 Team Picture

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