Namaskar: Before starting the kathak dance, students pay respect through a prayer: Main aap sabko, prithvi ko, eeshwar ko, guru ko pranam karti hoon. This means "I pay respect to the people around me, to the Earth, to God, to Guru".
Basic Tatkar/hastak exercices: Students wait in naman position for the Nagma/lehera (beat machine) to start, before starting the footwork/tatkar and arm movements/hastaks, starting from Sum (first beat).
Other Tatkar/hastak exercices: This includes travelling forward, backward, sideways while following variations of footwork patterns and combining main hastaks. These exercises help improve hand and eye coordination, the centering of the body weight and the alignment of limbs. They also increase students' awareness of space.
Chakkar exercises: Following the nagma/lehera, students complete spins of 5/3/2/1 steps/beat(s). It is essential to make each step/beat audible, remain centered, and keep the balance of the body throughout each cycle.