This great video shows you how to strengthen your ankles safely using a stretchy resistance band!
A resistance band can be a great addition to a dancers strengthening program, however the exercises must be done very carefully. While I do not recommend pointing and flexing your foot against a resistance band(see this article for all the reasons why) these rises are great! They strengthen your ankle's in a really safe way and help prevent 'sickling' and 'fishing' en pointe!
This exercise is just one of the exercises in The Perfect Pointe Book, which is designed to get you in optimal condition for starting en pointe. This exercise helps strengthen the muscles that keep your ankle in line and prevent sickling. This is essential when moving onto pointe so that you do not roll off pointe and end up with an ankle sprain!