The glissade is broken down into 5 pictures. Students can start in either 1st or 5th depending on ability. Students must already have a working knowledge of plie (of course!), tendu fondu side (or soutenu side some call it) and releve in second.
Picture 1: 5th position plie (make em hold it until you can see a big diamond or picture window between their knees)
Picture 2: extend the back leg to the side while remaining in plie. Be careful not to roll the standing foot in or to lift the extended leg's hip
Picture 4: the opposite of picture 2: from the releve in 2nd position, the student pushes off the left toes, in this case, to arrive in tendu fondu on the right leg. After the students have progressed to "jumping through 2nd in the air" they will "land" the jump in fondu on the right leg, with the left leg in degage (or "land" in soutenu on the right leg).
Picture 5: Close the extend side leg to 5th FRONT while remaining in plie, in this case, close the left leg front.