Dancing Doctor, The

Nickname of Dr. Beverly Howard-Crusher (Gates McFadden), the chief medical officer aboard the 24th century starship Enterprise-D on the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94.

Her nickname first appeared on episode No. 85 “Data’s Day” when Beverly offered to teach Data the android how to dance. Beverly earned “The Dancing Doctor” moniker for winning a Tap & Jazz dance competition at a Saint Louis dance academy in her earlier days.

Although proud of her dancing abilities, she avoided broadcasting her nickname to the crew. Beverly did, however, pursue her love of acting and participated in various theatre performances aboard the starship, including “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Frame of Mind,” and “Something for Breakfast.”

Note: Actress Gates McFadden began her career in New York City (she grew up in Ohio) as a stage actress and dancer and later as a director and choreographer.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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