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Become a Partner

Are you ready to take the next step in your career as a professional dancer, business owner, or instructor? The ARC could be your next stop!

The ARC is more than your typical dance studio. It’s also an incubator and business development center, and at the core of our operations are our partners, who are instructors (dance, wellness, movement etc.), independent artists or emerging, small or mid-sozed businesses/nonprofits that need a place to grow. Through our partnership program, the ARC offers diverse, high-quality dance and wellness/fitness classes to the general public, while centralizing the education programs, rehearsal space and administrative offices of our partners, nurturing organic business growth and sustainability.

Types of Partnerships

The American Rhythm Center’s partnership models are set up in a way that gives partners the potential to generate a considerable amount of revenue during their time at the ARC.

  • ARC Managed
    ARC managed partners have weekly classes that are programmed in the American Rhythm Center’s studio management software (MindBody). Clients have the flexibility to sign up online, in the MindBody App, or in person. During the monthly reporting period, revenue totals and attendance are calculated and usage dues are deducted from the total monthly revenue. All remaining funds are then disbursed to the partner. If the monthly attendance and revenue does not cover the minimal cost of the space, the partner will receive a statement for the balance owed.
  • Partner-Managed
    Partner Managed classes are not programmed in the studio management software (MindBody). In this scenario, partners rent ARC studio spaces for a flat rate per hour and collect their own client payments for each class. Partners may also regularly rent the space for rehearsals only, if they are not interested in having classes. Payment for studio usage is collected prior to the class.

Benefits of Being a Partner

  • Reduced rental rates
  • Priority usage of the space
  • Shared marketing efforts amongst the ARC and all partners to promote you/your organization and your classes
  • Option for class registration to be handled by the ARC
  • An environment that is encouraging, collaborative and inspiring
  • Build your network with other partners and clients
  • Administrative support and/or guidance from the ARC to help you be successful
  • Centrally located, making it easy for clients to visit

If you are interested in calling the ARC your home as you practice your craft, build your following, or otherwise develop professionally, apply to join our partnership program.

Space in the program is limited. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis when space is available. If considered for the program, you will be invited to an in-person meeting with the Program Manager. Partners may be admitted to the program mid-session.

Questions? Contact us at info@arcchicago.org or 312-922-1272.

Not ready for this step? Consider renting space for a pop-up class or workshop instead! Click here for more information.