Josh Siegel asks his daughter, Aeryn, 4, for the first dance of the evening at a daddy-daughter dance at Cheney Mansion last week. She was not interested at the time. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
Beth Siegel ties a bow on the dress of her oldest daughter, Amber, 10 as she gets ready for what is likely her last daddy-daughter dance. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
Amber inspects her look for the dance. She then decides to undo her braid. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
Most of the family activities involve sports but Josh Siegel looks forward to the dance because it’s a rare occasion where they all dress up. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
Josh Siegel leads his daughter to the seating area at Cheney. This is her first daddy-daughter dance, his second. He has a third daughter at home who will come of age for the dance next year. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
During an art activity, Aeryn tries to stick a cut-out heart on the nose of her father. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
Aeryn is far from delicate in eating her chocolate-covered strawberry she made at a desert station at the dance. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
The girls performed a dance for their fathers after learning a few steps from an actress who dressed as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” (David Pierini/staff photographer)
As the oldest girl at the dance, Amber was reluctant to hit the floor but her father won her over for one song. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
Aeryn initially rebuffed her father’s request for a dance. Not taking no for an answer, he scooped her up and got her laughing in mid twirl. (David Pierini/staff photographer)
Josh Siegel said he knows one day he may have to deal with a “creep with a nose ring” wanting to date one of his three daughters.
But Friday night, he was the only man on the dance cards of his two oldest, Amber 10, and Aeryn, 4, at the daddy-daughter dance sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park at Cheney Mansion.
“As I like to joke, my opinion on the firearms laws have changed,” said Siegel, watching as his wife, Beth, fixed the hair of Aeryn before the dance. “For now, it’s great fun spending this kind of time with them.”
At Cheney Mansion, Siegel watched with delight as his girls ate chocolate-covered strawberries, made Valentine’s crafts and learned a dance from a performer portraying Belle from Beauty and the Beast. He even sang the theme song with his daughters.
For Amber, this is her last daddy-daughter dance, and she admitted feeling a bit old for it this year.
Nevertheless, she said, “It’s fun hanging out with my dad,” then added, “I liked everything but the dancing.”
In June of 2014, David was honored with the 1st Place Award for Best Photo Series, as well as the 1st Place Award for Sports Photo, by the Illinois Press Association. Check out his award-winning caliber...
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