At its inception, the foxtrot was originally danced to ragtime. From the late teens
through the 1940s, the foxtrot was certainly the most popular fast dance and the
vast majority of records issued during these years were foxtrots.
Over time, the foxtrot split into slow and quick versions, referred to as "foxtrot"
and "quickstep" respectively. In the slow category, further distinctions exist between
the International or English style of the foxtrot and the continuity American style,
both built around a slow-quick-quick rhythm at the slowest tempo, and the social
American style using a slow-slow-quick-quick rhythm at a somewhat faster pace.