Spartan Mambo is San José State University’s official salsa performance team.

Our goal is to enrich the lives of SJSU students and the members of the San Jose community through performance salsa dance.

We perform at numerous events throughout the school year, both on and off campus. Some of our past events have included Spartan Basketball games, Fire on the Fountain, the San Francisco International Salsa Congress and the College Salsa Congress.


If you are interested in joining our team, we hold auditions at the beginning of every semester. The only requirement is that you must be a currently enrolled San José State University student. If accepted onto the team, there is a $150 membership fee which goes towards covering the cost of your costume and travel expenses.

Please contact us if you are interested or have any questions.


If you are looking to have Spartan Mambo perform at your event, please contact us. We are happy to perform at most events free of charge, but be aware that as a student team we are generally only available to perform during the academic year (roughly January-May and September-December).

Spartan Mambo performance, Fall 2010:

Here is a list of some of our Past Performances.

About the Directors

Takeshi Young

Takeshi Young is the co-founder of Spartan Mambo and the San José State University Salsa Club. He began dancing 4 years ago at SJSU, and has since performed all over the country with the Pretty Boys & Girls Dance Company in events held in San Francisco, LA, and Las Vegas.

Takeshi was a 4-time medalist at the inaugural US Salsa Open Championships in the Amateur Couple, Amateur Team, and Advanced Just Dance categories. He also placed 2nd in the Semi-Pro division of the 9th Annual San Francisco International Salsa Congress.

Takeshi at the SF Salsa Congress in 2010