Our Studio

What does Esencia Latina stand for? Directly translated, you could say it means “Latin Essence” – but ‘esencia’ is so much more. It’s an intangible quality of strength, character, attitude, resolve, and confidence. Our philosophy is simple… to promote ‘esencia’ through dance.

While our instructors have our specialized areas of expertise, they strive to familiarize themselves with all of the dance styles taught within our studio walls. With a heavy focus on technique, rest assured you will be learning the fundamentals in the right way. This gives you a solid foundation, no matter what direction you choose to go with your dancing.

We offer private instruction, group instruction, and performance team opportunities. Take a look at our schedule! Contact us today to get started.

Meet Our Instructors

Agustin Garcia

Co-Owner | Director | Lead Instructor

Agustin has almost 20 years of dance experience. He believes proper technique allows dancers to reach their fullest potential – and having fun while learning is essential. Agustin has a gift for helping others find their confidence and grow their skills. He has extensive choreography experience including performance teams, quinceañeras, weddings and couples. Agustin has performed on many stages, including New York, Washington DC, Cleveland, Mexico, and of course right here in Pittsburgh. Agustin oversees all the classes and teams in the dance studio, to ensure everyone receives the best possible training Pittsburgh has to offer. Agustin personally instructs our advanced level Salsa and Bachata classes, in addition to coaching and training our performance teams.

Rachel Booth

Instructor | Salsa and Bachata

Rachel adores Latin dancing, and is a force to be reckoned with in Pittsburgh’s social dance scene. Rachel teaches Salsa and Bachata classes, a Latin Technique Cardio class and ladies styling workshops, and offers private instruction. Rachel trained under Mexican national champion Lenin Guerrero Maldonado, and is currently studying Latin Ballroom dances – Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Cha Cha and Mambo. She has both performed and co-choreographed in Pittsburgh, and has performed in New York, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

JP Hernandez

Instructor | Salsa and Bachata

JP is disciplined, detail oriented, and his proprioception makes him a fantastic dancer to boot. His teaching style is straightforward, concise and a lot of fun! JP teaches Salsa and Bachata classes, and offers private instruction. He has trained under Mexican national champion Lenin Guerrero Maldonado, and has a thorough understanding of this technique and styling. JP has performed with several dance teams and has performed in New York, Washington DC, Cleveland, Acapulco, Oaxaca, and Pittsburgh.

Mike David

Instructor | Kizomba and Semba

Mike exudes a calm and laid back demeanor, and strives to bring the very best and most authentic dance experience to his students. Mike has trained nationally and internationally in Kizomba and Semba, plus African Body Movements including dances such as Soukous, Chakacha, and Afrohouse. He is an experience performer, and is known on the social scene for his smooth dance style and love of music. Mike is also becoming a growing DJ in the Pittsburgh community.

Kimberli Milhoan

Instructor | Kizomba

Kimberli is a light, smooth and passionate dancer, and she is excited about watching her students fall in love with dance. She began dancing in the Pittsburgh scene and has since trained nationally in Kizomba and Bachata. Kimberli has performed both Kizomba and Semba. Intimate connection with her partner and the music fuels her passion for both Kizomba and Bachata.