Alabama Supreme Court: Ann’s Studio of Dance must shuttle in students

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– The Mayfair community has officially won the battle against hundreds of little dancers that go through their neighborhoods to get to the popular Ann’s Studio of Dance. This week the Alabama Supreme Court upheld a 2012 ruling that states Ann’s Studio of Dance must bus students in and make other changes in order to keep on dancing.

The brick building located off Whitesburg Drive is cherished by many dancers and holds wonderful memories. But for neighbors, this business has danced its way into a nightmare and five years of litigation.

Thursday at Huntsville’s City Council meeting, community members addressed the council about the upcoming changes.

"We would ask that this neighborhood be protected and the rights of these neighbors be able to be enjoyed by those neighbors," said a concerned resident in the area.

The studio has less than 18 parking spaces and serves hundreds of children. Currently they operate with a pickup line. However, in 2012 Judge Billy Bell ruled a shuttle system must be put in place. That ruling must now be carried out.  Judge Bell also said Ann’s must make at least 18 legal parking spaces.

"If someone does enter the parking lot they will be required to park in a lawful parking space," said the resident.

All this is to ensure the safety of the children and preserve the integrity of the residential area. The city is now assessing how to move forward with enforcing the changes.

"We will be working with police, traffic and engineering,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "We will move as quickly as we can. However, we want to make sure every move we make is right because we don't want to end up back in court."

These changes will be carefully choreographed before being put into place. The city council plans to work with the studio on how to implement a shuttle system. In the past, Ann’s Studio of Dance owner Ann Brown has expressed concern that a shuttle system would be a detriment to her business.