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Putting her skills to use. by Baron-Engel Putting her skills to use. by Baron-Engel
When an individual becomes focused or committed to a particular discipline, philosophy, or subject of interest it almost inevitable that this fascination will start manifesting in other aspects of their life.

In Equestria dreamscape Rainbow Dash has spent much her time over the last couple months training in preparation for this years Best Young Fliers Competition. To this end she’s enlisted the help of Petina and Carousel to help her develop a dance routine derived from the dancing style that the two mares do at the Bucking Mare. link

After some initial hesitation RD link has become a very adept student and has taken the lessons that Petina and Carousel have taught her to heart. link RD has even started taking Rarity’s advice about grooming and hygiene seriously. link

All this study has been conducted in secret so that according Petina; Rainbow Dash’s performance will have the maximum impact on the audience. Also no other pony can steal her style for the competition if they don’t know what she’s doing.

However inevitably some ponies would begin to notice changes in RD, if nothing else Dash’s increased grooming was obvious to almost everypony. RD bright blue hide and prismatic mane and tail have always made in her stand out in a crowd, but there was a shimmer and sheen to it now that really caught one’s eye.

Therefore it wasn’t too surprising that Dash started getting comments and compliments from other ponies about her newfound appearance. However one afternoon while I was out weather working with her I observed something that was quite new.

The weather team I was in consisted of myself, Rainbow Dash, Thunderlane, and Stormwalker. There had been some scheduled morning showers, but the weather forecast called for afternoon sun. So I was up with the team bucking clouds and dispersing the weather cells.

We were all hard at work when something out of the corner of my eye caught my attention. It was RD breaking up a series of cloud cells but in fashion I had never seen her do before. Instead her usual blunt force method of cloud dispersing via kicking and punching the young prismatic mare was rearing up on her hind legs and performing a series swirling pirouettes while swaying her hindquarters whole time. It really was something to watch.

It was then that I realized that I was not the only one watching RD’s little impromptu performance. On a cloud not more than ten yards away was Thunderlane and Stormwalker. Thunderlane was standing there motionless with mouth wide open and his wings fully erect, while Stormwalker sat on her haunches with a gobsmacked look on her face.

After about minute Dash noticed the two ponies staring at her, she stopped dispersing and looked at them.

“Is something wrong? You guys still have that entire acre of cells to disperse. What’s up?”

“Where did you learn those moves?” Asked Stormwalker in a small voice. Thunderlane was still silent, it appeared that his brain had tried shifting gears without the benefit of a clutch and had only succeeded in stripping a couple of the cogs in the process. At least he wasn’t drooling.

“Oh!” Replied Dash. “It’s something I’d seen Petina and Carousel do at the Bucking Mare and I wondered whether the movements could be used for cloud bucking.”

She made another pirouette and made another cloud cell vanish in front of her. She looked back at the Stormwalker. “It seems to work pretty good and my legs don’t get as tired because I’m using my whole body. Whatcha think?”

“It’s really amazing.” Was Stormwalker’s only comment, Thunderlane hadn’t moved or said a word the whole time. To the uninformed observer it might appear that he had taken up a secondary profession as a flytrap or bird house since he still hadn’t moved or closed his mouth.

“Thanks!” Said RD “But if we’re going to get these clouds cleared out we all need to get back to work. I’m going to go below and start breaking this cell from the bottom. You guys keep working up here okay and we’ll have this done in no time!” Then she dove over the side of the cloud and vanished from view.

“Garrppphhhh!” Muttered Thunderlane. “Stormwalker turned and looked at brain-fried stallion. She sighed, shook her head and then scooped a hoof-full of cloud and stuffed it into the stallion’s mouth.

“You heard the boss Thunderlane, back to work!”

“Mmmrrrgoop!” Replied the stallion.

To be continued.
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Hum...

I am not even sure if Rainbow is completely aware of the reaction she has just caused in Thunderlane, as she makes no comment about it.

By the way, isn't that Cloud Chaser? [Link]
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not even sure if Rainbow is completely aware of the reaction she has just caused in Thunderlane, as she makes no comment about it.

I seriously doubt she noticed his reaction since she was very focused on her work.

By the way, isn't that Cloud Chaser? [Link]

Maybe but in the official MLP sourcebook I got she's listed as Stormwalker.
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Is that so? How weird, considering she's actually named in the chapter ._.?
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:icongilhin:
Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
"Thunderlane.exe has encountered an error and needs to shut down.  Would you like to send an error report?"

In that last frame, I'm getting serious Airbender vibes... and I like it~
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually lots of pony magic, especially pegasus, feels like bending. And that is not a bad thing.
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:icongilhin:
Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Interesting to know, and makes a fair bit of sense, really.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I'm not surprised my subconscious decided to dig up nuggets from it when it had explain how weather magic worked. It is sort of a fusion between water and air bending. Also I just finished the 1st season Legend of Korra a week or so ago.
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dreamlessdancer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thunderlane has been thunderstruck.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Eeyup!
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Awesome poses.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, poor Thunderlane sure won't be thinking straight for a while now. :XD:

You were quite right about Dash getting attention. Especially with poses like that last one. :wow:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she was quite a sight to see. All shiny and shimmery as she swayed and twirled amongst the clouds.
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viwrastupr Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Would you mind if I did a piece base off of this? It might end up as a print at a convention...
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I don't believe I created cloud dancing pegasus ponies, but understand I was also planning a colored piece based on the last dash pose in the posting, so if you're not bothered by that then go ahead. Also if you posted then maybe a link back to the original sketch that inspired it would be appreciated.

Besides our styles are different enough that I don't think it will cause confusion about who did which piece.
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she got 'them moves like 'swaggar! 8-)
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Mmmmrrrgoop" indeed xD But as other people have pointed out, if RD continues doing this, her little dance routine won't be a secret for very long...
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Eeeyup!
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, at that rate it's not gonna stay a secret long... Tho I do wonder about something. Often a change in self-image like this would cause can cause some personality changes as well. I wonder now how this will show up in the long term as she adapts to the changes in her own lifestyle... After all, Rainbow Dash ALWAYS dresses in style! (Sorry, couldn't resist...)

- Polecat
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jardape Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Its a pity you cant record dreams on camera.
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:iconflyingram:
FlyingRam Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Work hard AND play hard.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
She just lives hard period.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I'm sure you reported this to Petina. She took it as a testimony to her ability to teach, didn't she?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes she was very happy with her RD. After this bit of information she commented that she better understood Twilight's enjoyment with teaching other ponies. In fact Petina felt she now had a closer connection with her own magic teacher.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
In fact Petina felt she now had a closer connection with her own magic teacher.

I can just imagine Twilight's reaction to that.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well maybe they could discuss over dinner. A nice candle-lit, private dinner in the library perhaps?
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Twilight: "No! No! NO! This is so wrong!"
:)
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kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I'm just imagining Thunderlane grunting and neighing like an actual horse. Hormones just rushing through his entire body, hahaha. Hell, he's one lucky stallion for being able to watch RD's performance. 
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah he did flare his nostrils a couple times and shiver a couple times during this little performance.
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Iguanodragon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I laughed so hard at Thunderlane's reaction. Priceless.

 You know, I kinda wish I could have seen Rainbow's performance myself. What was it like to watch it?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you mean the Best Young Fliers Competition there will a posting, actually two postings, for it coming up in the future.
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:iconiguanodragon:
Iguanodragon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Oops, sorry, I was kinda vague. :blushes: I meant her using her new skills to bust clouds, though I would definitely like to see the Competition too. 
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IroKokoro Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Aww! Poor Thunderlane. He'll never look at Dash the same again...
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A lot of ponies are going to have that problem.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Nice that's she's able to actually use the moves for work as well.  Given those two's reactions I'm guessing R.D. is really going to impress the crowd at the competition!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It will be a performance that will be discussed for years to come.
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IceColdWulf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again very awesome work.
I really enjoy your artwork and the story you develop behind/around this series of pictures is very good. And I have to say that I really love your style.

So, keep that work up!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks I'll try my best.
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:iconryan-pawz:
Ryan-Pawz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I love her nonchalant response, coupled with a hearty get back to work :)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, Dash is business at times.
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:iconryan-pawz:
Ryan-Pawz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
It's funny, her new way of moving makes her job easier, which gives her more sleep/daredevil time :P
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep! Win, win!
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