'Rylie And Codie's World': Web Series Highlights The Hustle Of Young Black Ballerinas — And The Women Who Nurture Them
For parents looking for an entertaining show that you can watch with your young daughters, look no further than Rylie and Codie’s World, a brand new web series just launched on YouTube. Cameras follow talented sisters, Rylie, 13, and Codie, 9, through their stomping grounds of Harlem as their momager, Stacie J., sees to it that they enjoy the normal facets of being kids all while navigating the competitive world of ballet as Black girls.
As a former model and The Apprentice alum, Stacie knows more than a thing or two about competition. She sees to it that her girls develop a healthy perspective about it by instilling in them a “go get it” attitude along with reality checks when necessary. “Big dreams are possible to achieve, but they won’t come fast and it won’t be easy,” she says. And with the current state of social media and reality TV giving the unrealistic impression that you can get what you want and where you want quick, fast and in a hurry, Rylie and Codie’s World shows what comes with dedicating yourself to hard work.
“I really wanted to write this story because I thought it would be important for both young Black girls, and their parents, to see themselves going after their dreams, living well, in the arts, and overcoming challenging situations with grace,” says writer and co-producer Erickka Sy Savane on what drew her to developing the project. “There’s a lot to this show, including the amazing, supportive relationship between Stacie J. and her girls. I feel it’s the show we need right now.”
Then there’s Codie, the younger, sassier half of the duo. Dancing since she was 2 years old, she manages to balance her dedication to her craft with her pursuit of entrepreneurship and creativity in another way: She makes bracelets. “One day a friend asked to buy one,” she says. “Since then, I’ve been selling a lot and that’s how my bracelet business got started.” Both girls go after their dreams with full tenacity, and that doesn’t solely include being elite ballerinas.