Yesterday was a special day. It was our daughter’s eighth birthday.

Eight is an important number in tango. The Basic Eight, the “Ocho” and this delicate little decoration, which draws a number eight on the floor.

Here I am yesterday drawing this decoration around the candle for my daughter’s birthday cake, to demonstrate the shape of my footwork.

Perhaps you can try this at home? Imagine an 8 lying on its side on the floor in front of your foot and trace the shape with your big toe. Top tip: keep your foot on the floor and practice, practice, practice! Only lift your toe once you are really familiar with the movement.

The eight. With its curves, elegance and flow, it is most definitely my favourite number!