A BRAY WOMAN has made it in to the grand finals of Miss Burlesque Australia this month in Sydney.
Claire Tobin, otherwise known as Azaria Starfire was the driving force behind LoveCats cabaret & burlesque troupe, which celebrated a farewell show last year in the Button Factory in Dublin.
Claire moved to Australia in September 2011 with The Lovecats producer Kevin 'Top Kat' Murphy.
In January of this year, she qualified as a finalist for the state heats for Miss Burlesque Australia.
She came in second place and was awarded the title 'Miss Burlesque Adelaide 2012'.
This week judges chose Claire as a wild card to represent South Australia on April 21 at the finals.
She was chosen by the producers based on her interpretation of 'Classic' burlesque, with a routine inspired by images and statues of 1920s dancers). She also performed a unique comedy routine as a daredevil Granny doing stunts with a zimmerframe.
In the past two years Claire has performed across Ireland, the UK, Hollywood LA and now Australia after teaching bellydance and Bollywood classes in Bray for 10 years.
'With two Irish competitors in The Burlesque World Games this year and the profile of burlesque rising, people are gaining a better understanding of what the art form really is,' she said.
'I'm trying to generate some support for the Irish Burlesque community and for my performance at the Sydney Grand Finals.'