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There are many forms of Indian Dance that are performed and taught today. Kathak is one of the four main forms of Indian Dance, the others being Bharata Natyam, Kathakali and Manipuri. The word Kathak comes from two words, Katha for story and Kathaka for storyteller. Dancers wear bells around their ankles, which act as percussion instruments.
Dancers have to take a number of steps to prevent them from injuring themselves. This includes doing a thorough warm up at the beginning of class and cool down at the end. They also have to be careful to not push themselves too hard, to give their muscles enough rest and to dance in studios with good heating and lighting.