How To Do A Ballet Glissade
When the teacher instructs her students to recover, they are to return to the starting position.
We're going to show you how to do a ballet glissade. To glissade means to glide, were going to do a glissade derriere. So take a demi plie in third position, and using the back foot we're going to extend and glide across the floor, and one and recover and now let's do a glissade devant. So take a demi plie in third position, use the front foot and glide across the floor towards the front foot. Go, and one and recover. Right, let's breakdown the glissade facing the bar, now let's run to the bar and put the right foot behind, take a demi plie in third position, keep the eyes looking forward and make sure the knees are pushed out over the toes and the back is long. We're going to degage the back foot to second, staying on a fondue on your other leg, now you're going to transfer the weight beyond where your toe is, so you're reaching beyond your toe. Go, over, so now we are in a fondue on the other leg and closing fronting to a demi plie in third and recover. Now let's try that devant, so demi plie again, extend the front foot staying in the fondue, extend beyond that foot and go over the top and close the foot behind, so we've done a devant and recover. Good, now let's come back into the center, come back to your places in the center and we'll try 2 glissade derriere and then 2 glissade devant showing extension across the floor. So demi plie, ready and derriere and wait, derriere, devant and recover, now let's try that without the pauses, demi plie, go and one, and two, and three, and four, now let's try that one more time really trying to extend the legs and fully stretch the feet, demi plie, go, and stretch, stretch close, stretch close, stretch close, and recover. If you want more information about our ballet classes, or our other dance classes, tap, modern, and street jazz, please visit our website.