CoreVelo Pilates Norfolk VA

Pilates Teacher Certification Courses in Norfolk, VA


CoreVelo Pilates and Cycling Studio

1709 Colley Avenue
Unit 204
Norfolk, VA  23517

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PIA Licensee, Mari Dawson, NCPTMari J Dawson NCPT

Mari’s discovery of Pilates changed her path in life.   As an athlete throughout her youth the body began to feel its toll. During the first few months of personal Pilates training the pain was relieved and the whole body was being healed.  She could not replace the way her body felt by any other movement. A year later, by the guidance of her instructor, she decided to go train first in Cary, NC for Power Pilates Mat Certification with Triangle Pilates and then continued on to Michael Wright at the Body College Pilates in Washington DC.  She completed PhysicalMind Institute Comprehensive Pilates training in 2005 and became a PMA Certified Pilates Instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance in 2006 and 2015.  She studies and continues to study with Master trainers during her continued education and has been teaching full time for the past 15 years.

Now a co-owner of CoreVelo Pilates and Cycling Studio with Vicki Pittman, the two have great dreams for the future of Pilates in Norfolk. Mari is passionate about guiding others through the mind body awareness that Pilates provides.  Throughout the years, she has trained to specialize in working with clients who are dealing with chronic pain and acute injuries.  Seeing them connect with their movement and discover their full body potential is a feeling unmatched.  She helps them practice safe movements throughout their daily life.  Moving their body the way it needs to and to create a daily pattern to heal from. 

Mari has been a resident of Norfolk for 24 years. Mari and her husband, Alan, have been married for 31 years and have three adult children, Alec, Garrick, and Ellesse. Alan is the Men’s Soccer coach at Old Dominion University where he and Mari also run their own business called Dominion Soccer Academy teaching soccer fundamentals to children.


  • Power Pilates Mat Certification 2005
  • Physicalmind Institute Comprehensive Pilates Training  2005
  • Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Instructor in 2006 and 2015
  • Pilates for Scoliosis 2015
  • Z Health Essentials of Elite Performance 2019
  • Z Health R Phase Rehabilitation and RE-Education Certification 2019
  • Core Align One Certification 2019
  • Makarlu Masterclass 2019
  • Peripheral Neuropathy Masterclass 2019