With the paper, A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Education in the Arts and Humanities, Kurt Koegel defended his self-designed degree program in Dance, Design and Communication at the University of Minnesota. He worked with a number of choreographers in New York City between 1982 and 1988, including Ohad Naharin, Mel Wong, Hannah Kahn, Lisa Krause and others.
Since 1988 he has lived and worked in Europe choreographing, performing and teaching for festivals, schools and dance companies.
He has given trainings and workshops for companies including: Wim Vanderkeybus (Belgium) / Ultima Vez; Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker / Rosas (Belgium); and, Company Gallotta Dance (France).
He has been a regular guest teacher at Universities including: P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels); SNDO – The School for New Dance Development, (Amsterdam); EDDC – The European Dance Development Center, (Arnhem), SEAD – The Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (Salzburg), the Centre National de la Danse (Paris, Lyon); Kyung Sun University (Busan) and The Korean National University of Arts (Seoul).
From 2007-2011 he designed and directed the Masters Program in Contemporary Dance Pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt, graduating two groups of 10 Masters Students and lecturing throughout Germany about the unique program.
“I am constantly seeking to expand my base of knowledge by research and practice. My work synthesizes influences from the fields of Architecture, yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, and Body-Mind Centering – and equally rock climbing, swimming, running and playing. My enthusiasm is directed towards finding more effective ways of teaching performance-oriented, contemporary dance forms that are informed by understandings of the natural and social environment.”