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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

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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Nov 22 2018 to Dec 20 2018

Thursday Edge and Balance Born 2005-2013 (Copy)

for skaters born between the years 2005-2013 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 skills. Each session will be conducted by two instructors (when 12 skaters registered) from the internationally renowned Mariposa School…

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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.

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Have more questions? Just ask us!

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Amazing coaches. Amazing facility. Always positive. Learning so much everyday!
— Kristen —