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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 17 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 March Break 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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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

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 from the internationally renowned Mariposa School of Skating. Must be born between 2005 and 2009 to participate…

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Apr 01 2019 to May 02 2019

Spring Power Skating with Scott Grover

House League and Rep level hockey players Players can choose 10, 20, or 30 sessions All sessions are sold in ten increments Mariposa School of Skating is committed to providing sessions that possess the optimal training environment. We believe strongly that limiting session participants and maintaining our coach to player ratio is critical to the players ability to improve and wish to ensure that the players that have registered are getting maximum attention and value for their session. If a…

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Mar 16 2019 to May 09 2019

Spring Pre Canskate 2019

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 16 2019 to May 09 2019

Spring Canskate 2019

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 11 2019 to Mar 15 2019

March Break Camp – 2019

The Mariposa March Break Camp, is the only skating camp in the area to offer multi-sport participation from Olympic and World level coaches. This camp is for CanSkaters, Hockey players and Figure Skaters. Hosted at the Allandale Recreation Centre, a state of the art facility which offers a multitude of recreation and training services.  

Daily activities vary from Swimming, TRX, Yoga, Pilates, and Mini Trampoline. Skating skills and group lessons every day. Spend your March Break improving your skating while learning valuable Physical development on land, water and ICE! 6 years old and up.

MARCH BREAK SCHEDULE 2019 Sample Schedule subject to change  

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Mar 01 2019 to Mar 01 2019

March Performance Day

Mariposa School of Skating is proud to offer their second Performance Day.  Skaters will perform their solo’s in a competition like setting and receive feedback from Skate Canada Officials.  Full and Part time member holders participate at no extra cost.  Mariposa 2018-2019 10 Pack Members pay only $20 plus tax. (To obtain code please contact office, use coupon code on check out for your discount)  All local skaters are welcome to participate at $25 plus tax.

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