Members of Danielle Murad Waiss’ extended family died in the Holocaust, while others were forced to flee to different parts of the world, including to Mexico, where she was born.
It’s a family history that inspired her over the past year as she researched, directed, and choreographed a seven-piece dance performance for Northeastern’s annual Holocaust Commemoration—each piece inspired by a different poem or song from the Holocaust.
“It’s a very sad history,” said Murad Waiss, SSH’19, “but knowing where my family comes from has always been important to me.”
That performance, which was presented on April 12 during Holocaust Awareness Week at Northeastern, combined crucial parts of her identity—not only her family’s connection to the Holocaust but also her extensive experience as a dancer. She began taking ballet at age 4, is also a contemporary and jazz dancer, and has picked up salsa and ballroom dancing while at Northeastern.