The foxtrot takes its name from its inventor, the vaudeville actor Harry Fox. According to legend, Fox was unable to find female dancers capable of performing the more difficult two-step. As a result, he added stagger steps (two trots), creating the basic foxtrot rhythm of slow-slowquick- quick. The foxtrot was originally danced to ragtime but it is a versatile dance and can be performed to a variety of musical styles and tempi. Foxtrot is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor.