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WATCH: Valrico dad surprises daughter with birthday 'Beauty and the Beast' dance

VALRICO, Fla. (WFLA) - A Hillsborough County father decided to go all out for his young daughter's birthday this year, and surprised her by dressing up as the Beast from "Beauty and the Beast." 

Jasmin Betschner and her husband threw their daughter Gianna a third birthday party over the weekend at the Valrico Recreation Center.

Jasmin says Gianna loves the movie "Beauty and the Beast," and even refers to herself as Princess Belle. So her father Josh decided to make her feel like a real princess for her birthday.

He showed up to the party dressed as the Beast and danced with Gianna to the song, "Beauty and the Beast," as Jasmin recorded the whole thing.

She says there were about 60 people at the party and they were all in awe of how well Gianna, who was dressed as Belle, knew the steps to the dance. 

At the end of the dance, Gianna's father revealed himself as the person inside the costume. When she found out, she had a huge smile on her face and gave her dad a great big hug. Jasmin says she had stopped recording at that point because she was so emotional she could barely hold her phone. 

Jasmin posted the video on Facebook to "share something sweet with the world instead of all the negative things we hear all the time." Thousands of people have viewed, shared, liked and commented so far on the heartwarming moment.

She also joked that Gianna has been calling her dad the Beast now.


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