DANCE with a classical beat brings the vibrance of New York culture to the heart of the Lakes.

Brooklyn-based, all-female Decadance Theatre Company has been redefining the image of women in hip-hop.

Through performances, workshops and creative commissions, DECA has become a key ambassador of authentic, New York City hip-hop culture around the world.

Led by artistic director Jennifer Weber, the company has an international line-up of dancers.

This weekend the six-strong group blazes a trail to Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre.

But instead of a hip-hop soundscape they’ve choreographed some amazing moves to two sections of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and produced something really special.

Commissioned by the Brewery as part of its 40th birthday celebrations, 4 is a jaw-dropping piece of work - inspired by the landscape.

Three of the six strong DECA crew are already in town.

Off stage Takeo Koji, Ann-Sylvia Clark and Jennifer are unassuming and relaxed.

But when they dance, they’re transformed into dynamic, high powerered individuals.

“Returning to the Brewery is like coming home,” explains Jennifer, taking a break from rehearsals.

“Kendal and New York couldn’t be more worlds apart.

“But there are so many creative people here.

“There are people walking around with funky hair.”

The talented trio have been out and about with Brewery dance development officer Helen Moffitt in places such as Grizedale and Kendal Castle, embracing the Lakeland landscape and translating what they see and feel into some of the most unique pieces of dance around.

“There is no repetitive drum beat,” continues Jennifer.

“It is just about the music of Vivaldi.

“We’ve been looking at how you mix a rural landscape with an urban art form and we’re staying true to hip hop but pushing into a new direction. Seeing how far you can go while remaining within its roots.”

4 goes deeper than the usual hip hop moves. And Jennifer points out that she’s always wanted to work on a piece of classical music: “Vivaldi gives us a whole new energy.

“We want to be as articulate with our body as he was with his notes.”

DECA first tread the Brewery stage in the 2007 Women’s Arts International Festival - and Helen was totally blown away: “When the company were here we found that although our dance styles were different we shared much the same philosophies on life and culture in general and became good friends.

“When I was asked to go over to New York for a holiday, I jumped at the chance and really had my eyes opened to this fantastic dance style and where it came from.

“I’ve since been to New York on another three occasions and last summer had the opportunity to watch the premiere of their new show When the Sky Breaks 3D as part of the New York Fringe Festival (for which it won an award).

“When I got back I knew I wanted to bring it to our audiences here and when I was asked what I’d like to do to celebrate the Brewery’s 40th birthday, there was no doubt in my mind. Bring back this group of inspiring women, but for longer so they can really experience a different way of life from New York.”

The Decadance language of dance speaks volumes.

In addition to theatre work, the award-winning company regularly creates and performs fashion events with L’Oreal brand, Matrix, and they have shared the stage with the likes of Fergie.

Saturday’s (September 22, 7.30pm) show also includes the company’s When the Sky Breaks 3D as does Friday afternoon’s (September 21, 1.30pm) performance.

DECA will also hold a Hip Hop Lecture Demo on Friday at 8pm.

Following the Brewery performances, the energetic ensemble begins a three-week nationwide tour, presented by the Brewery and UK promoter Mark Makin.

Box office 01539-725133.