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Spartan Mambo

Team profile for the Spartan Mambo salsa team

Spartan Mambo


Location: San Jose, CA
Established: September 2010
  • 1st Place - 2015 San Francisco Salsa Festival
  • 1st Place - 2013 World Latin Dance Cup
  • 1st Place - 2011 College Salsa Congress
  • 2nd Place - 2012, 2014 College Salsa Congress
  • 3rd Place - 2010, 2011, 2012 SF Salsa Congress
  • 3rd Place - 2012, 2013 Las Vegas Salsa Congress
  • 4th Place - 2013 College Salsa Congress
  • 4th Place - 2014 World Latin Dance Cup Bachata


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Phone: (408) 345-5374


Spartan Mambo is San Jose State University’s official performance salsa team, founded by Max Shpungin and Takeshi Young in the September of 2010. The team is composed entirely of SJSU students, and performs and competes at events both on and off campus.

The team has won accolades at salsa competitions all over country. In 2010 they took third place at the San Francisco International Salsa Congress in the Amateur Team category, against international competition. The following year they also competed and won the team competition at the College Salsa Congress held in Long Beach, and placed third in the inaugural World Salsa Challenge at the 2011 SF Salsa Congress. The team placed third again at the 2012 World Salsa Challenge.

In July of 2013, Spartan Mambo took 3rd place at the 2013 Las Vegas Salsa Congress and qualified to compete at the World Latin Dance Cup. The team competed and won the Collegiate Team division of the 2013 World Latin Dance Cup and took 7th place in Amateur Teams division. The team also has two 2nd place finishes at the College Salsa Congress from 2012 and 2014.

In 2014, Spartan Mambo started a bachata by the name of “Spartamiento” and competed at the 2014 World Latin Dance Cup, placing 4th in the Amateur Bachata Teams division against international competition. The team also placed 8th place in the Amateur Salsa Teams division, beating out teams from Colombia, Costa Rica, and Japan.


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Apr 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

So nice that there is a salsa team in SJSU! Wish it had been around when I was in school- Keep up the good work!



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