Dance meets charity with SWAY

The Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami will welcome Maks Chmerkovskiy, his brother Valentin, Toni Dovolani and other cast members of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Together, they are inviting audiences to come see them perform Sway: A Dance Trilogy. A percentage of the ticket sales will go to Alfalit International, a non-profit organization that focuses on diminishing illiteracy through various social services. “It’s a show, within the show, within the show because all the people will recognize the faces that they love to watch on TV – on their favorite dance shows,” Maksim says. Sway: A Dance Trilogy, is a theatrical production by Dance With Me Studios. The show, will be presenting its fourth installment starting Thursday, with this being their first time in Miami.

The Dancing with the Stars members will be joined by Olympic Gold Champion Meryl Davis, Rumer Willis and other guests, to create a musical performance that includes salsa, ballet, Argentine tango, hip-hop, modern and jazz within other genres. The three-part-performance lasts two hours, and each session represents the personalities of the lead dancers: Dovolani, Valentin and Maksim. It begins with Dovolani leading a production that transports the audience to the 1940s and 1950s Manhattan nightclub scene.

Valentin then takes over for the second part, with a session that emphasizes on urban and hip-hop influences. The show closes with Maksim’s performance; a production that mimics South Beach, by transmitting a fusion of Miami’s salsa scene with mixed tunes of various Latin melodies. “I just want people to come and literally donate to the cause and in return, we’re gonna put on a show for you so you don’t feel like you’re just being taken money from,” Maksim said. “In return we’re gonna give you an amazing time.” Sway will feature five shows running from Dec. 3-6. Throughout the dates, a fundraising gala, a golf tournament and an educational dance camp will also be done to help raise funds for Alfalit International.

Founded in 1961, Alfalit International provides 120,000 people in 24 countries, with literacy, education, community development and health services within other forms of assistance. “I think Sway is an amazing opportunity to draw attention to Alfalit,” said Maksim. “I think people underestimate the power that you have when you can read and the absolute despair you’re in when you can’t. I am very happy and very proud that we are part of this.” If You Go: What: Sway: A Dance Trilogy When: Dec. 3-6 Where: Olympia Theater at Gusman Center, 174 E Flagler St. For tickets call (305) 374-2444 or visit