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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

Jul 05 2019 to Aug 16 2019

Summer 2019 Off-Ice Jumps

This session provides an excellent opportunity to work on the jump technique that skaters learn on ice.

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Jul 02 2019 to Aug 16 2019

Summer School

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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Jul 02 2019 to Aug 15 2019

Summer 2019 Ballet/Dance

Ballet 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 with Alexandra Paul.

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Jul 02 2019 to Aug 16 2019

Summer Camp 2019

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 24 2019 to Jun 28 2019

43rd Annual Seminar

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. This is a sample schedule only. 

2017 Seminar Schedule

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May 04 2019 to May 11 2019

Team Mariposa Synchro Try-Outs

We are excited to announce the formation of Team Mariposa - Barrie's newest synchronized skating teams!  Tryouts and registration for the 2019-2020 season is happening the first two weekends in May. Come join the fun world of synchro! All skaters with and without synchro experience are welcome! It is recommended that skaters attend both placement sessions to assist with accurate team placement.  If you have a conflict with one of these dates, please submit your registration and email info@synchromariposa.com to…

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Apr 08 2019 to May 09 2019

Spring 2019 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.

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Apr 08 2019 to May 09 2019

Spring 2019 Starskate 4-10

  • 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 08 2019 to May 09 2020

Spring 2019 Off Ice Jumps

Off Ice Jump Class provides an excellent opportunity to work on the jump technique that skaters learn on the ice.  Off-Ice jump sessions are scheduled prior to skating sessions to simulate competition warm-up.

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Apr 02 2019 to May 09 2019

Spring 2019 Edge and Balance

*Due to mechanical issues in the red rink -  sessions are at Barrie Molson Center *Except April 23rd and 25th session will be at East Bayfield* Players will be introduced to concepts such as inside and outside edges, both forwards and backwards, as well as the ability to connect different directions and edges This Program is designed by Paul Matheson. Exercises are based around detailed repetitions and progressions that will allow the player to build a solid foundation of basic…

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Apr 01 2019 to May 02 2019

Spring Power Skating with Scott Grover

**Due to mechanical issues in the RED RINK sessions are now located between Barrie Molson Center and East Bayfield** MONDAY & WEDNESDAY CLASSES ARE AT ALLANDALE APRIL 18TH REP SESSION IS FULL Sessions at Barrie Molson Center: Tuesdays April 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th Thursdays April 4th, 11th, 18th Sessions at East Bayfield: Tuesday April 23rd Thursday April 25th Thursday May 2nd Please register after you receive your try out schedule House League and Rep level hockey players Players can…

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Mar 16 2019 to May 09 2019

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 to help your skater…

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Sep 04 2018 to Jun 21 2019

Day Ice

Mariposa School of Skating has Day Time “Ticket Ice” available for skaters September – June. We operate Monday to Friday 6:30am – 3:30pm. Monthly, weekly, daily and session rates are available for skaters. All Monthly, Elementary Part Time, Weekly, and Daily passes include unlimited ice and off-ice programming.  

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Sep 01 2018 to Aug 31 2019

Skate Canada Membership

Skate Canada Membership for skaters planning to represent the Mariposa School of Skating in the 2018/2019 season.  This fee is non-refundable.

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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 —