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Old 07-15-2013, 08:56 AM
 
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Hello everyone! My wife and I are currently residing in Nebraska, and making plans to move out west in a couple of years. Before we move we are doing extensive research to ensure we find the right city for us! I can work from pretty much anywhere in the country as long as I have wifi, and my wife would be attempting to start a very small business. She is a dance instructor (modern, lyrical, ballet, jazz, tap, that sort of thing) and she loves to teach. She's thinking of starting out just doing lessons out of the house and then moving into a rented space later. Because of this, it would be best to move to a place where no dance studio existed.

I'm super into the outdoors, and I have professional training as a canoe/backpacking instructor as well as outdoor cooking, etc.

My top concern is finding a small-ish town (preferably no less than 1500, no greater than 8,000) that has no dance studio, and some great evangelical churches. We are young, and we are hoping for children in our near future, so schools are of concern, but we are also considering homeschool.

We looked at Leadville and a couple other places, but I am now very interested in the town of Monte Vista. Salida, and Alamosa look great, but they're out of the question because they already have dance there. Any other town suggestions would be great.

Thank you very much for your time!
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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Monte Vista probably is not your town. First of all, I would see little potential there for your wife's proposed business. Adams State at Alamosa does have a pretty good folk dance program, predominantly Mexican folk dancing, and that seems to feel the need for any dance programs in the San Luis Valley. Ethnically and religiously, Monte Vista is not even close to what you seek, either. The Monte Vista population is split between Hispanics, who are mostly Catholic, and Anglos, many of whom are Mormon. Other religions are represented, of course, but it is not a "Bible Belt" kind of town. For that matter, few Colorado towns are--not even Colorado Springs, which has a sizable (and vocal) evangelical population that is even a minority there. Like most Colorado small towns, schools in Monte are having serious funding problems which will impact the quality of education there over the long term. Frankly, the school situation in Colorado is such that it is not a place that I recommend for people with school-age children. It did not used to be that way, but it is now, and probably will get worse over time. (I am familiar with Nebraska schools, by the way, because I have relatives there. They generally put Colorado primary and secondary education to shame.) It is unfortunate that, in so many ways, Colorado is not a very family-friendly place. The various taxation and lawmaking policies being pursued at the state level seem destined to make that situation only worse.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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Buena Vista. Just be aware that you'll be moving from a state with one of the lowest unemployment rates to an area with one of the highest rates. The economy is brutal in rural CO.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:29 PM
 
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Thanks for the input! Buena vista seems like a nice place to check into. I've only been there briefly to raft the Arkansas. Any other town suggestions?
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:59 PM
 
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It might be worth a phone call to Young Life Frontier Ranch to see if your wife could offer dance classes as part of their camp activities:

Frontier Ranch - A Young Life Camp
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