A 5-year-old girl had a magical night at her daddy-daughter dance thanks to a special guest, even though her dad couldn’t make it.

Christopher Nelson of El Paso, Texas has been in Afghanistan as an Army contractor since March, ABC News reports.

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Little Gracee was heartbroken when she learned her dad wouldn’t be able to make it home for the daddy-daughter dance.

“She was so devastated. She’s such a daddy’s girl,” mom Layna Nelson told ABC News. “This was her first time being away from my husband for such a long period of time.”

Nelson started brainstorming ways to make the dance special for Gracee, even if her dad couldn’t make it. The theme of the dance was “Beauty and the Beast.”

“And I’m like, ‘What if I contact the school and ask them if we can hire a character to take her?’ They thought it was a wonderful idea,” said Nelson.

The Beast himself escorted Gracee, who dressed up as Belle, to the dance.

Nelson posted photos and video of Gracee and the Beast dancing the night away to Facebook.

“The Beast blew us away. He twirled her, he dipped her. He lifted her and was dancing with her,” said Nelson.

When dad couldn’t attend a dance with his daughter, he sent someone special in his place Facebook / Lanya Nelson

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