SIMPLE GLISSADES were especially important to Balanchine, and we worked hard to perfect them.
A simple and good combination to help the dancer work on perfecting the action of glissade closing fifth, including establishing second or fourth in the air, is glissade in a box followed by three glissades to the side, changing feet each time, and a soubresaut, finishing in a fifth position plie, ready to repeat to the other side.
B felt that our glissades needed a thorough clean-up, he divided the class into several groups and gave glissade side changing feet straight across the floor.
Glissade forward or back is essentially the same, except that the dancer brushes directly front or back, bringing the pointe to the center line.
From this placement, transferring of weight flows organically from the use of the weight of the head and body, the use of the floor during chasses, glissades
, jetes, and other steps.