Turtle Dance Music

Turtle Dance Music

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About this Artist

Pronouns: he/him

Mr. Matt Mazur co-founded Turtle Dance Music in 2012 as a way to provide inclusive and interactive entertainment for children of all abilities including children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum. Prior to this, following a deep love of performing, Matt had already earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a Master’s of Arts in Theatre Studies and Theater For Young Audiences from Montclair State University.

Inspired by his experiences with kids on the spectrum at Turtle Dance Music shows, he returned to school in 2012, and two years later received a graduate degree in Developmental Models of Autism Intervention and Early Childhood Development. As Matt himself puts it: “Learning about autism changed the way that I saw the world, and it completely changed the methods and techniques that I used for working with children and teens with developmental disabilities.”

Matt is the co-author of the children’s book Scrak’s Big Adventure, written with and illustrated by Tim Shaw, an autism advocate and artist and Matt’s brother-in-law. Proceeds from the book go towards scholarship funds for adults with autism to attend local colleges. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and best friend Maggie, his toddler son Teddy, and their dog Libby, and can regularly be found on Facebook. He recently founded and is the Executive Director of AutismFriendlyShows.com.

Artist Statement

Our mission is a simple one. To help kids come out of their shells. And the best way we know to do that is to get them dancing, moving, singing, laughing, learning, and connecting with each other through the magic of music. It’s our inspiration for offering a variety of livestream and recorded entertainment to the caregivers of children of all abilities including (but not limited to) children, teens, and adults with special, sensory, and social needs. So if you’re a librarian, teacher, principal, education coordinator, or parent anywhere in the world who cares for kids with challenges like these and wants to show them how to live happier lives, then Turtle Dance Music is here for you.

View videos of Turtle Dance Music in action!

"Hi Matt, Just wanted to reach out to thank you for a wonderful program yesterday. Everyone absolutely loved it, and the kids could not stop talking about it the rest of the day. They loved hearing their names called out, and they loved getting all the points (and the hamster was their favorite). Thanks again and hope we can work with you again soon."
—Daniella Pagan, Children's Librarian, Queens Public Library

"Matt's devotion and dedication to his craft is infectious. It was a delight to see both children and adults enjoy an immersive experience in music and dance. As someone who enjoys immersive learning experiences, Matt is on point to evolve the industry in a direction where programs become not only community sharing but also global sharing. As a children's librarian, I am always thirsty for innovative opportunities, and Matt shares in this interest and I look forward to collaborating with him in the future. "
—Zachary Stier, Director of Children’s Services, Ericson Public Library,