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Duluth's Daniel Durant advances to week four on 'Dancing with the Stars'

The actor had a license to thrill as he and partner Britt Stewart danced to "The World Is Not Enough" on James Bond Night.

A man and woman dance amid green-lit vapor, dressed in formal clothes. The man, at left, supports the lifted left leg of the woman, who leans back into his left arm.
Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart danced to "The World Is Not Enough" on "Dancing with the Stars."
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DULUTH — Daniel Durant took full advantage of both his acclaimed acting chops and his growing dance prowess as he and partner Britt Stewart soared through a third week of competition on the Disney+ reality competition show "Dancing with the Stars."

A woman wearing a long green gown and a man in suit with green velvet jacket stand arm-in-arm, smiling, on a stage.
Britt Stewart and Daniel Durant listened to judges' comments on Monday's episode of "Dancing with the Stars."
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Monday night's episode had a James Bond theme in honor of the 60th anniversary of the hit film franchise inspired by Ian Fleming's novels. Each of the 14 remaining couples danced to a theme from one of Eon Productions' 25 Bond movies.

"My favorite 007 actor has always been Pierce Brosnan," said Durant, citing the character's code number. He and Stewart danced a rumba to "The World Is Not Enough," the theme from Brosnan's 1999 outing of the same name. The song was originally performed by the rock band Garbage.

In an interview on the episode, Durant described the difficulty of dancing, as a deaf person, to a relatively slow song. "Things are different with the rumba, especially compared to the jive having all those quick beats," he said, referencing last week's episode. "It's a slow song. I can't feel it."

The pair ultimately danced their way to slow-burn success on a smoky, green-lit stage. Judges praised Durant for a riveting performance. "You took command of that dance," said head judge Len Goodman. "I could see you were leading that dance. You weren't just hanging on, hoping for the best."

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The judges' scores came to a strong total of 31 out of a possible 40, placing Durant and Stewart among the night's top five couples. While waiting for the scores, Durant told co-host Alfonso Ribeiro that he loves James Bond movies. "I dream of having a deaf character in one," the Duluth actor said in American Sign Language. "This is an opportunity! I get to act like Bond."

A woman in long green gown swings her leg high above the head of a crouching man while dancing on a green-lit, vapor-filled stage.
Britt Stewart and Daniel Durant performed an elegant rumba on Monday's episode of "Dancing with the Stars."
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After "Charlie's Angels" star Cheryl Ladd and her dance partner Louis van Amstel were eliminated, Durant and Stewart were among 13 couples who advanced to the show's fourth week of competition. The next episode will stream live on Disney+ next Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. CDT.

"The world is changing," Durant said about the rising representation of the Deaf community onscreen.

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Arts and entertainment reporter Jay Gabler joined the Duluth News Tribune in February 2022. His previous experience includes eight years as a digital producer at The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), four years as theater critic at Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages, and six years as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He's a co-founder of pop culture and creative writing blog The Tangential; and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can reach him at jgabler@duluthnews.com or 218-279-5536.
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