An acrobat is an athlete who performs acts requiring skill, agility, coordination, and altitude. Trapeze and rope walkers upon high are joined by more down to earth gymnastics such as balancing and tumbling.
Many traveling troups of buskers from urban areas perform at festivals and buskerfests alike around the globe. These acrobats often entertain with a backbeat of music from jazz to hip-hop.
Balancing several objects seated high upon a chair is a move best left to these professionals. Handstands ten feet above the crowd is always a crowd pleaser.
Acrobats can be found swinging on trapezes from huge European archways and have been known to go through elaborate preparations to the extent of large sound systems and promotional flyers.
Scaffolding, sound, and lighting can be assembled right on the street with the result being a spectacular presentation of acrobatics along with dry fireworks used in a nightly performance.
Acrobats can be an aerialist, balancer, contortionist, or a funambulist (tight or slack-rope walker).
One who is skilled in feats of gymnastics can be called an acrobat.