(written from a Production point of view)
Tonya Chianis is a dancer, singer, author, and actress who played the holographic fire sculptor in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fifth season episode "Cost of Living" in 1992. She filmed her scene on Thursday 13 February 1992 on Paramount Stage 16.
Chianis is a working Middle Eastern belly dance performer, choreographer, and master teacher. She, with her daughter Atlantis, have won international awards for work in the field. Chianis is the producer and creator of the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition and Tonya's Original Belly Dance Showcases.
Chianis is also a costume designer. She wrote the book "Insights and Inspirations for Dancers" in 1998.
Chianis is married to Andreas Chianis, a Greek clarinetist and bouzouki player. She has released over 100 dance DVDs and videos and also music CDs which features the vocals of Tonya Chianis and the skills of her husband Andreas. She is also the president of the Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association (MECDA); Beach Cities chapter.