Prima Ballet School (PBS) is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of our clients and members. We value their trust, and that of the public, and recognize that maintaining this trust requires that we be transparent and accountable in how we treat the information that you choose to share with us.
During the course of our various programmes, activities and projects, we gather and use personal information. Anyone from whom we collect such information should expect that it is carefully protected and that any use of, or other dealing with, this information is subject to consent. Our privacy practices are designed to achieve this.
Defining Personal Information
Personal Information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. This information can include an individual’s opinions or beliefs, as well as facts about or related to, the individual. Exceptions: business contact information and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories, are not considered personal information.
Where an individual uses his or her home contact information as business contact information as well, we consider that this contact information provided is business contact information and is not therefore subject to protection as personal information.
Personal information gathered by Prima Ballet School is kept in strict confidence. Our personnel are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered. We also take measures to ensure the integrity of this information is maintained and to prevent it being lost or destroyed.
We collect, use and disclose personal information only for the purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in light of the circumstances. We routinely offer individuals we deal with the opportunity to choose not to have their information shared for purposes beyond those for which it was explicitly collected.
Website & E-Commerce
Prima Ballet School uses password protocols and encryption software to protect personal and other information when a product or service is requested and/or paid for online and/or within the office.
Social Media Use with respect to PBS
We would like to remind the Prima Ballet School (PBS) community of our responsibility to staff, students, families and patrons; in terms of privacy, respect and discretion. We ask that anyone involved with PBS observe the following:
- Use common sense and courtesy; ask for permission from an Artistic staff or PBS administration if you may publish or report on anything related to the school. Make sure you do not violate PBS’ privacy, or that of its students and employees.
- PBS staff may take photos for educational, marketing & promotional purposes as long as parents have signed the school waiver. However, students and parents are not permitted to take photos during in-class sessions, or rehearsing on stage. On occasion, Artistic staff may permit parents to take photographs at the end of a class – these images are not to be shared publicly – parents need to be reminded that public posting on social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter) contravenes all privacy laws. Sharing images with friends and family is acceptable, and does not require permission from PBS.
- Videotaping is NOT permitted by students or parents. Artistic staff may from time to time video record class choreography or class instruction for coaching purposes. Any professional videotaping is on a permission basis only and is used strictly for coaching, marketing & promotional purposes.
- It is not PBS’ intent to restrain a parents’ enthusiasm for sharing their child’s accomplishments, but rather a need to ensure that we honor and respect the appropriate creators of content and the rights’ holders. Thus, photographing and filming rehearsals of any ballet production produced and choreographed by Prima Ballet School is strictly prohibited, unless otherwise permission has been given by PBS.
In failing to observe the policy outlined above, Prima Ballet School is compromised in its ability to keep everyone safe. Due to the fact that the majority of our client base is within the minority age group, we strongly request that clients respect the policy outlined.
As technology and regulations continue to advance forward, Prima Ballet School will monitor this policy and adapt it as necessary.