MICROSOFTIES, CAREER BARISTAS, and…circus performers? In flies with the greatest of ease yet another Seattle subculture: tightrope walkers, trapeze-swinging daredevils, unicyclists, and jugglers. They all, including juggler Arne Bystrom (left) and trapeze artist Crystal Campbell (above), converged at the Moisture Festival in April. Jon McClintock, a computer security consultant whose alter ego is high-flying rope wrangler Dyno, dazzled audiences with Aerlift III, a performance that helped fight third-world poverty; proceeds went to a nonprofit that sends aid to Guatemalan youth. Why the link between circus arts and charitable deeds? Says McClintock, who teaches a class at Georgetown-based School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, “[Circus performers] are not competitive. There’s no concept of winning—the focus is on collaboration, on making something, and giving back.”

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