Every second couple are facing out (pa’fuera) and the others are facing in (pa’dentro). Partner change is done only between the couples with the same orientation, so a pa’fuera-couple change with the next pa’fuera-couple. An important difference from Rueda cruzada is that in Rueda mixta everyone is on the same beat.
Partner change – followers travel
The crucial element in Rueda mixta is the partner change. In a regular partner change like in enchufla, all the travelling is done inside the circle. To prevent the travellers from running into each other, all the travelling should be done in the same direction. This means that the leaders in the pa’dentro-couples are travelling, together with the followers from the pa’fuera-couples. Yes, the women (followers) facing out are travelling to the next man (leader) facing out.
To transit to and from Rueda de casino you need to flip every second couple
Command: enchufla mixta. The primeros (the caller’s team) do an enchufla flip, and the segundos do enchufla guapea. The same command will cover between Rueda de casino and Rueda mixta to and from.
The figure “ehnchufla mixta” is shown in this video (the leader with red band is the caller/primero):
See also an example from Rueda by Norika in Slovakia, with Jaro Hluch:
Rueda mixta is a recent rueda structure. The idea was first presented in 2015. It has later been explored more and also led to the work of the structure universe of rueda caleidoscopio.
Fundador de Rueda Mixta: José Baretto of Boston Rueda