MEET OUR TEACHERS
All of our teachers live and work in the community. Each has many years experience in their respective fields and all have a passion for making this community better through the arts. Feel free to contact our office at (864) 335-4862 to find out more! For a full list of classes, visit our Education page.
Roy was one of the first teachers at the Mauldin Cultural Center, arriving just after the building had gone through a few renovations in 2007. He teaches private lessons in ballroom dance and hosts our weekly “Group Social Dance Class” held every Thursday evening. Roy, along with one of his students, also gives free lessons to select students from area schools and helps them prepare for competition. If you’re looking to learn how to waltz, foxtrot, swing or tango – Roy is the instructor for you.
IMANI SCHOOL OF DANCE
Imani School of Dance has been in Mauldin for many years and has recently moved its lessons to the Mauldin Cultural Center. The instructors at Imani are well versed in all forms of African Dance and hold classes every Monday and Thursday evening.
Brandon recently moved his studio to the Mauldin Cultural Center and is currently our Resident Artist. Brandon teaches all forms of guitar via private lessons and a guitar ensemble class. Brandon himself performs around town either solo or with one of his many groups. Brandon’s focus is classical guitar and jazz, but has been known to lay down a few rock songs in between.
Stacey is new to the Mauldin Cultural Center this year. She teaches private lessons in all woodwind instruments (flute and clarinet to name a few). Stacey also works with the St. Joseph’s Catholic School band.
The Piedmont Woodcarvers Club has called the Mauldin Cultural Center home since we opened. This ever-growing group of committed carvers not only work on developing their own skills, but also reach out to the community by creating beautiful works of art for Veterans, charities and other groups. Their annual Woodcarving Show is held every November at the Mauldin Senior Center and their meetings are held every Wednesday and every 3rd Saturday. Check their website for more information and read about a few of their instructors below:
[pictured above] A founding member of Piedmont Woodcarvers Club and carver for over 40 years, Charlie Arnold has served as PWCC officer, International Wood Carvers president and as an instructor both locally and about the US. Over the years, he has competed in many competitions including the International Congress in Maquoketa, IA. He has won Best of Show in Sculptures and Designs in Wood and significant awards at shows in Iowa and Texas. He has studied with many of the most notable international and domestic carvers, constantly learning new skills, styles and techniques and always enjoys promoting the art of wood carving.
Thomas has been carving since 1991 when he entered my first piece in a wood carving show and won a blue ribbon in the novice division. He’s been hooked ever since. Thomas has taken classes from many of the national traveling instructors such as Helen Gibson, John Burke, Larry Rogers, Debbie Edwards, Phil and Vicki Bishop, Curt Kurtis, Mike Shipley, and Rick Jensen. He has attended the International Woodcarvers Congress in Maquoketa, Iowa and taken classes there. He has entered carvings in competitions in Maquoketa, IA, Greenville, SC, Charlotte, NC, Asheville, NC, Sebring, FL, and Franklin, TN. Mr. Gow has won many blue ribbons and also Best of Open Division at Highlands Wood Carving Show in Sebring, FL; Best of Category Open Division at Leipers Fork Carving Show in Franklin, TN; Best of Open Division and Best of Show at Piedmont Wood Carvers Show in Greenville, SC; Best of Show and Carver’s Choice Award at Western North Carolina Carving Show in Asheville, NC; People’s Choice Award at the Wood-Carvers / Wood-Turners Show in Johnson City, TN; and Best of Group, Judge’s Merit Award and Creativity Award at the International Wood Carver’s Congress in Maquoketa, IA. Additionally, Thomas is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, National Wood Carvers Club and the Piedmont Wood Carvers Club in Greenville, SC. He has been teaching bark carving classes for eight years and has taught classes at the Piedmont Wood Carvers Club in Greenville, SC; Cape Fear Wood Carvers Club in Wilmington, NC; Leipers Fork Carving Club in Franklin, TN; Western North Carolina Carving Club in Asheville, NC; and teaches annually at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC and the International Wood Carvers Congress in Maquoketa, IA.