Special Needs




Kennedy Dance Theatre has opened up its studio for a Special Needs Program as a way to reach out to the community. The classes offered are for students with Down Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities. Teachers and student assistants involved volunteer their time each week so the classes can be offered free of charge. This program has been featured on both FOX News and ABC 13 News as a great way for Special Needs children to get involved in an extracurricular activity while improving motor skills, confidence, and socialization. For more information about the program please call the studio at 281-480-8441.

To view the ABC 13 News broadcast please Click Here.

Jennifer Holbert

Special Needs Director

Jennifer Holbert
Jennifer Holbert is the Director of the Special Needs Program at Kennedy Dance Theatre, and has over 30 years of dance experience. She has worked with the Special Needs Program at Clear Lake High School, is a former Special Needs Gymnastics Instructor, and is currently the Director of several Special Needs cheerleading teams. Her program here at KDT has been featured on FOX News, ABC News, The Houston Chronicle, and in Dance Teacher Magazine for her continued dedication to the Special Needs community. In addition to the Special Needs Program, Jennifer specializes in teaching many of the Pre-School Dance Education classes here at KDT, as well as directing several award winning performing groups. She also has a nephew with Down Syndrome, so this program is very near and dear to her heart.

Special Needs Curriculum

The classes are divided up into two age groups and are 45 minutes.

*Ages 6 & under
Technique & Performance in Tap, Ballet, Gymnastics, & Musical Theatre
Dress Code-Girls – Black Leotard, Pink Tights, Black Tap Shoes, Pink Leather Ballet Shoes
Boys – White KDT T-shirt, Black Shorts, Black Tap Shoes, Black Leather Ballet Shoes

*Ages 7 and Up
Technique & Performance in Tap, Hip Hop, Gymnastics, & Musical Theatre
Dress Code-Black Tap Shoes, Tenni-Shoes, Comfortable Clothing

Registration Fee
There is a one-time discounted Registration Fee of $48.00 to sign up.

The Special Needs classes perform at KDT’s annual Recital held each year.