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Daddy, daughter dance and dinner

Dozens of dashing dads Friday night danced with their daughters at the second annual Knight for a Princess father/daughter dance and dinner held at the Grand Hotel in Minot.

“This is the second time we have done this. It is all about gathering together and getting daughters out to dance with dads,” said Jason Soine, chairman of the event.

The event was hosted by the Minot Optimist Club and throughout the year, the club organizes several activities but all for the kids in the city.

“Everything we do is for kids,” Soine said.

Addison Rallo, 4, was one of the many princesses at the ball who danced with her father for the first time, and she was very excited and nervous according to her father, Andrew Rallo.

“She is kind of nervous. She has never seen me in a tuxedo,” Andrew Rallo said.

“It is really nice and a very good opportunity, getting out here and dancing with our daughters, because we don’t really get much opportunities over here,” he added.

Matt Schmidt, another attendee at the event, said it’s a good way to teach his daughter how to dance.

“It’s a reality, quality time and to teach my daughter how to dance,” Matt Schmidt said, who was with his 4-year-old daughter, Ella Schmidt.

About 360 people, fathers and daughters, attended the event.

Enthralled by the overwhelming number of princesses with their knights who showed up at the event, organizers of the event are planning organize dances several times a year in the future.

“We would like to have this a couple of times of a year because so many people want to join,” said the chairman of the event.

Before the dance, the knights and princesses were served a grand meal wings, meatballs, sandwiches and wine. In order to make the event more memorable for the kids, there was a castle backdrop for fun photos. The night’s theme was from the Disney hit movie “Frozen,” so characters Else and Olaf were also in attendance taking photograph with the kids.

The dance was for girls up to age 18 and tickets were sold for $25 per person for the event. To be a member of the club, one has to pay around $100 a year. Tickets are always sold first come, first serve according to the organizers.

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