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Spring School COVID-19

Unfortunately we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone some of our Spring School Programs. As of now the program affected are… Read More

Spring School 2020

* as of March 18th, 2020 With the evolving scenario that is the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that Spring School will be… Read More

Covid-19

Skate Canada Sanctioned Activities Suspended due to COVID-19 Dear members and registrants, Following up on the communication dated March 13, 2020, regarding Skate Canada’s… Read More

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Why Mariposa School of Skating?

Something For All Ages and Levels

The Mariposa School of Skating is a full service training centre that offers top level instruction and programs for every age and level of skater. Our expert staff deliver year round programs that are designed to allow skaters to progress from learning to skate to the elite levels of international competitive skating. We welcome skaters of all ages and skating disciplines from our local area or around the world to train with us for any length of time. Our Internationally renowned school is THE destination for skaters looking to improve their skating!

World-class training facilities

  • Olympic and Standard size ice pad
  • Fully equipped Fitness Room
  • Ballet Studio
  • Classroom
  • Administrative Office
  • Pool for recovery programs
  • High School on location
  • Elementary School within 120 metres
  • on-site skate shaprening

Winning legacy and bright future

Founded in Orillia, Ontario in 1973 by Doug Leigh and Tom Harrison, the school moved to Barrie in 1988 to accommodate the needs of world class skaters while establishing a campus at the Allandale Recreation Centre. Home to National Champions, Olympic medallists and World Champions from around the world, the school has seen success in Singles, Ice Dance and Pairs with champions like Brian Orser, Elvis Stojko, Jeff Buttle, Jennifer Robinson, Jacinthe Lariviere & Lenny Faustino.

David Islam and Paul Matheson became the co-owners in June 2017 to continue the strong legacy that has been built at the Mariposa School of Skating.

Upcoming Programs

Mar 21 2020 to May 10 2020

Spring Canskate 2020

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. Taught by NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.
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Mar 21 2020 to May 10 2020

Spring Pre-Canskate 2020

Pre Canskate is designed to teach skaters the fundamentals of Balance, Agility and Control. Pre Canskate is a fun environment with bright colours and age appropriate teaching aids. As skater begin to be able to get up and move without assistance, they will be moved to a group within the canskate session to allow them to progress at their own pace.  In the Pre Canskate program it is our goal to teach skaters independence by being able to get up on their own and balance without assistance while providing a fun and safe atmosphere for them to learn.
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Mar 21 2020 to May 10 2020

CanSkate Private Lessons

Canskate Private Lessons are designed to help skaters reach their goals by giving skaters personal attention in conjunction with the group instruction already provided. This program has limited enrollment. Our coaches at the Mariposa School of Skating are National Coach Certified level 1-5 and work with skaters from beginner to World and Olympic level. Lessons through this program are 15 minutes in duration and will be taught by a variety coaches set up by our Co-ordinator, on the session your…
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Mar 21 2020 to May 10 2020

Hockey/Ringette Skating Skills

Our new Hockey Skating Skills Program requires full gear. This program is for Myte (U7), Tyke (U8 and Minor Novice (U9)
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Apr 06 2020 to May 07 2020

Spring 2020 StarSkate 1-4

  • Skaters will  have passed Canskate stage 6
  • Lessons delivered for STAR 1-4 Skate Canada Tests in Freeskate, Skills and Dance.
  • 45 minutes of group instruction delivered by a Mariposa Coach per day.
  • Includes Off Ice Jump class
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Apr 06 2020 to May 07 2020

Spring 2020 StarSkate 5-Gold

  • Skaters will  have passed a STAR 4 Skating Test.
  • Session time allows for practice of Freeskate, Skills, Interpretive and Dance
  • 15 minute stroking session per session
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Apr 06 2020 to May 08 2020

Edge & Balance “Plus” Series

Our new Edge And Balance "PLUS" Series is the best way for players to address areas of their skating they need to improve on. Rather than trying to work on a little bit of everything the player can now narrow their focus each session to one specific area. There are 5 different areas of focus in the Edge And Balance "PLUS" Series: "Backwards" "Acceleration" "Tight Turns and Escapes" "Forward Crossovers" "Turning and Transitions"
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Apr 06 2020 to May 07 2020

Spring Power Skating 2020

  • Program runs for 5 weeks
  • Program runs 3 days a week
  • All skaters must pre-register for each class online and check-in in person and wear a pinnie
  • All sessions max 30 skaters
  • all sessions will be divided into groups according to the skaters level.
 
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Apr 08 2020 to Apr 29 2020

2020 Spring Synchro Skills

New Program

This program gives skaters the opportunity to develop their Synchro skills during the spring off season. CanSkate and StarSkate level skaters must also choose at least one Mariposa School of Skating spring STARSkate session during the spring to qualify for this program.
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May 02 2020 to May 09 2020

2020 Synchro Development Series

2nd Annual Synchro Development series All skaters from all clubs are welcome to join us for two exciting sessions featuring: SYNCHRO SKILLS with Nicole Rodgers Hankin along with special guest synchro coaches Includes: synchro elements, tracking, execution of travelling elements and moves in isolation SKATING SKILLS with Mitch Islam Includes: skills, edge and balance CHOREOGRAPHY with Kelly Johnson Includes: movement and expression OFF ICE Includes: dance, theatre and stretch & strength training No synchro experience necessary. SESSION 1: Canskate 5…
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May 06 2020 to May 31 2020

2020-2021 Team Mariposa Tryouts

Team Mariposa is currently seeking skaters for our 2020-2021 synchronized skating teams.  New and returning synchro skaters, age 5 to 18, are invited to sign up for one of two tryout sessions fielding teams in the Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile and Pre-Novice categories.  Come be a part of our FUN and growing synchronized skating program with opportunities to compete at a Provincial level.  No synchro experience necessary. It is recommended that skaters attend all placement sessions to assist with accurate…
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Jun 01 2020 to Aug 14 2020

Summer Camp 2020

The Mariposa Summer camp is the only skating camp in the area to offer multi sport participation from Olympic and World level coaches.  Hosted at the Allandale Recreation Centre, a state of the art facility which offers a multitude of recreation and training services.  Spend your summer improving your physical development while learning valuable skills on land, on ice and in water!      
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Jun 22 2020 to Jun 26 2020

44th Annual Seminar

EARLY BIRD $425 + hst

Before March 1st 2020 (full payment required prior to March 1st)

March 1st $475 + HST

Space is limited and on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Full payment is required to hold your spot.

NEW THIS YEAR! club initiative

When a club sends 5 skaters to the seminar- they can send 2 coaches FOR FREE! The Mariposa Seminar is an informative and motivational week for coaches and skaters to learn new techniques or train existing ones.  The seminar runs daily 8am-5pm  with on and off ice classes.  Each day is a different lesson for the skaters and coaches as well as the opportunity to mingle and interact with participating skaters and coaches. Daily group lessons cover:
  • Jump and Spin Technique
  • Edge, Turn and Artistic Classes
  • Ballet, Dance, Flexibility and Strength
  • Off ice Jump class
  • Lecture series
Daily group lessons cover dynamic warm-up, jumps, spins and edges while choreography, ballet, flexibility and strength classes are rotated throughout the week to enhance your skater's training. (Video recording of the sessions is permitted) Additionally, there is extra ice that you can purchase if your skater would like to practice what they have learned during the day. While there are no group lessons during this extra time, some Mariposa coaches may be available for private lessons. For lessons please contact the coaches directly. (see coaches tab)

Sample Schedule: Seminar group names are named after our World and Olympic skaters.  Those skaters are not here to teach. 

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Jun 29 2020 to Aug 12 2020

Summer Off-Ice Jumps 2020

This session provides an excellent opportunity to work on the jump technique that skaters learn on ice.
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Jun 29 2020 to Aug 14 2020

Summer School 2020

Skaters and coaches of all levels are welcome to join our International, World, and Olympic coaching staff.  Our summer program includes on and off ice sessions, group lessons and training environment that has been home to Olympic and World medallist’s.
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Jun 30 2020 to Aug 13 2020

Summer 2020 Ballet/Dance

Ballet and Dance is an integral part of any skaters’ off-ice program, enhancing balance, flexibility, line and strength. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Allandale Recreation Centre Studio.
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Have more questions? Just ask us!

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I have been bringing skaters to the Mariposa Seminar for 18 years. Every year is a fabulous experience for both my skaters as well as myself. It never ceases to amaze me how professional everyone is and how willing this team of coaches is to share information to both the skaters as well as the coaches at the seminar.
— Charleen Cameron, St. Margarets Bay Skating Club —